中 文 名 史琪特·戴维丝
外 文 名 Skeeter Davis
别 名 玛丽·弗朗西丝·佩尼克
出 生 地 美国肯塔基州干岭市
职 业 女乡村音乐歌手
美国歌手史琪特·戴维丝(1931年12月30日——2004年9月19日)，原名玛丽·弗朗西丝·佩尼克(Mary Frances Penick)，是美国著名的女乡村音乐歌手，她最著名的金曲是1963年的《The End of the World》。
史琪特出生在肯塔基州干岭市（Dry Ridge），是家中七个子女中的长女。早年和贝蒂·杰克·戴维丝（Betty Jack Davis）组成戴维丝姐妹乐队（The Davis Sisters）。1953年8月2日，贝蒂·杰克·戴维丝车祸去世后，史琪特·戴维丝走上了她个人的演唱道路。史琪特·戴维丝一生共获得过5次格莱美提名，并在1964，1965，1967和1972年4次荣获格莱美乡村最佳女歌手大奖。2004年9月19日史琪特·戴维丝因乳腺癌在纳什维尔去世，享年72岁。
史琪特·戴维丝1963年演唱的《the end of the world》（世界末日）被评为当年最受欢迎的歌曲，被无数人翻唱过，但无人能及她原唱的魅力，这首歌也是她唯一的传世之作。2009年的电影《美国情事》选择《the end of the world》作为片尾曲，直抵人心的伤感 。
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know（1964）
Let Me Get Close to You（1964）
Skeeter Sings Standards（1965）
My Heart's in the Country（1966）
Singin' in the Summer Sun（1966）
Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly（1967）
Hand in Hand with Jesus（1968）
I Love Flatt & Scruggs（1968）
Place in the Country（1970）
It's Hard to Be a Woman（1970）
Easy to Love（1970）
Foggy Mountain Top（1971）
The Hillbilly Singer（1972）
I Can't Believe That It's All Over（1973）
She Sings, They Play（1985）
You Were Made for Me（1990）
The Essential Skeeter Davis（1995）
RCA Country Legends（2001）
The Pop Hits Collection（2003）
Skeeter Davis: Studio 102 Essentials（2008）
Mary Frances Penick (December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004), better known as Skeeter Davis, was an American country music singer who sang crossover pop music songs including 1962's "The End of the World". She started out as part of The Davis Sisters (who were neither Davis nor sisters) as a teenager in the late 1940s, eventually landing on RCA Victor. In the late 1950s, she became a solo star.
One of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, she was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton and was hailed as an "extraordinary country/pop singer" by ‘The New York Times’ music critic Robert Palmer.
Davis was the first of seven children born to William Lee and Sarah Rachel Roberts Penick, in Dry Ridge, Kentucky.Because her grandfather thought that she had a lot of energy for a young child, he nicknamed Mary Frances "Skeeter" (slang for mosquito). The Penick family moved to Erlanger, Kentucky in 1947, where Skeeter met Betty Jack Davis at Dixie Heights High School, becoming instant friends. They sang together through much of high school, and at Decoursey Baptist Church. They formed the duet known as the Davis Sisters (although they were unrelated), and started singing on Detroit radio station WJR's program ‘Barnyard Frolics’. Eventually, the duo were signed by RCA Victor in 1951. Earlier demo recordings were eventually released on Fortune Records.
RCA Victor producer Steve Sholes liked the Davis Sisters' harmonies and offered the duo a recording contract in 1953. Their most successful release was "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know", which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the country charts in 1953,as well as making the Top 20 on the pop charts. The record ranks No. 65 on the Top 100 Country Singles of All Time, according to ‘Billboard’ historian Joel Whitburn.
While "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" was climbing the charts, the Davis Sisters were involved in a major car accident on August 1, 1953. The crash killed Betty Jack Davis and left Skeeter with severe injuries.After the accident, Skeeter and Betty Jack's sister, Georgia, continued as the Davis Sisters. Skeeter decided to retire from the music industry in 1956, and get married, ending the duet.
Davis decided to go back into country music as a solo act in 1958. She began touring with Ernest Tubb and she returned to RCA Victor, this time working with guitarist and record producer Chet Atkins.
From 1960 to 1962, Davis had top ten hits with the songs "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too", "My Last Date (With You)", "Where I Ought to Be" and "Optimistic". "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" in 1960 was her first entrance as a solo onto the pop charts.
In 1963, Davis achieved her biggest success with country pop crossover hit "The End of the World".
Davis received five Grammy Award nominations, including four for Best Female Country Vocal Performance: 1964 ("He Says the Same Things to Me"), 1964; ("Sunglasses"), 1965; ("What Does It Take"), 1967, and "One Tin Soldier", 1972. Davis was also an accomplished songwriter, penning almost 70 songs and earning two BMI awards for "Set Him Free" and "My Last Date With You", the latter also recorded by Ann-Margret, Pat Boone, Kay Starr, Joni James, and several others in addition to Davis' original hit version. Deborah Harry recorded a remake of Davis' version in 1993 featuring Michael Stipe, a long-time Davis fan. (Conway Twitty wrote new lyrics for the instrumental in 1972 as "Lost Her Love (On Our Last Date), which reached No. 1 on the country chart as did Emmylou Harris' remake of Twitty's version in 1983 retitled "Lost His Love (On Our Last Date)".)
Davis' success continued with "I'm Saving My Love" and 1964's ‘Gonna Get Along Without You Now’, an updated cover a 1956 hit by Patience and Prudence). Both made the Top 10 on the country charts and cracked the ‘Billboard’ Top 50 pop charts, though the success of "Gonna Get" was likely hampered by another remake of the song by vocalist Tracey Dey simultaneously climbing the charts to peak slightly lower than Davis' version. Later pop efforts, like "Let Me Get Close to You" in July 1964, missed making the ‘Billboard’ Hot 100, reflecting the changing nature of pop styles due to the ongoing British Invasion but Davis continued a successful run on the country charts.
In 1965, she recorded a duet with Bobby Bare called "A Dear John Letter", which just missed the country Top 10 and received light pop action. (The best-known version of the song had been recorded originally by Jean Shepard and Ferlin Husky in 1953.) Davis also recorded quite a few albums during this time, including two tribute albums ‘I Love Flatt and Scruggs’ and ‘Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly’. In 1967, Davis was back in the top ten with "What Does It Take (To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied)". Davis only achieved two other major country hits the rest of the decade, "Fuel to the Flame" (written by Dolly Parton, whom Davis paid tribute to with an album called Skeeter Sings Dolly in 1972), and "There's a Fool Born Every Minute". Other singles were minor hits, but she released many albums.
In 1970, Davis had another Top 10 hit with "I'm a Lover (Not a Fighter)" and another duet with Bobby Bare with "Your Husband, My Wife". The following year, she had a hit with the autobiographical "Bus Fare To Kentucky".
During a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1973, Davis criticized Nashville police for arresting a group of evangelists at a local mall, and was suspended from the Opry. She was reinstated at the Opry more than a year later.Despite losing several bookings during that period, Davis remained active by singing with a number of religious ministries and spent an extensive period evangelizing in Africa.
Davis returned to the recording studio in 1976 with a brief stint on Mercury Records which produced two single releases, including her last song to make the national charts, 1976's "I Love Us". In 1978, she recorded the first of several albums for minor record labels which she would do on occasion into the 1990s.
Davis was married three times. Her first husband was Kenneth Depew. In 1960 she married WSM disc jockey Ralph Emery, divorcing in 1964. In 1987 she married NRBQ's bassist Joey Spampinato with whom she had recorded the album She Sings, They Play; they divorced in 1996.
In 1998, she wrote a children's book, ‘The Christmas Note’, with Cathie Pelletier.
In 2001, she became incapacitated by breast cancer. Davis remained a member of the Grand Ole Opry until her death, making her last appearance there in 2002. She died of breast cancer in a Nashville, Tennessee, hospice at the age of 72, on September 19, 2004.
Studio album ‘Skeeter Davis: Studio 102 Essentials’ was released in 2008 after she died.