Today's KLAW Classic was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz.  It came together at the end of a writing session where nothing was coming together.  They didn't think the song was anything special, but when Keith Whitley heard it, he had to have it.  He didn't want another Overstreet/Schlitz composition go the the #1 spot for another artist, like the Randy Travis hit 'One the Other Hand'.

This song also has the distinction of being a hit for three different artists, Whitley who hit #1 in 1988, Allison Kraus had a top ten as a solo artist with the song in 1995 and Irish pop singer Ronan Keating released it as his first solo single.  Here's 'When You Say Nothing at All', your KLAW Classic for New Year's Eve 1988.