Country great SKEETER DAVIS has died at a Nashville, Tennessee, hospital. She was 73.

Davis, born MARY FRANCES PENICK, had been fighting breast cancer since the late 1990s.

She started her career as one half of the DAVIS SISTERS and recorded the 1953 hit I FORGOT MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW.

She scored her first solo hit in 1958 with LOST TO A GEISHA GIRL and was inducted into the GRAND OLE OPRY the following year (59).

Her biggest hits included THE END OF THE WORLD and (I CAN'T HELP YOU) I'M FALLING TOO.

Davis will be honoured with a funeral service on Wednesday (22SEP04), which will be held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

20/09/2004 21:04