Mary Frances Penick (December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004), better known as Skeeter Davis, was an American country music singer best known for crossover pop music songs of the early 1960s.
Mary started out as part of The Davis Sisters as a teenager in the late 1940s, eventually landing on RCA Victor. In the late ’50s, she became a solo star. Her best-known hit was the pop classic “The End of the World” in 1962.
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.