Blake Shelton is ‘absolutely destroyed’ after the death of his friend
By Carly Ledbetter, Apr 11, 2019
Huffington Post – Blake Shelton and many others in the music industry mourned the death of his friend, the country singer Earl Thomas Conley, who died Wednesday at the age of 77.
Conley, famous for songs like “Holding Her and Loving You,” “Angel In Disguise” and “What I’d Say,” had 18 No. 1 country hits and 25 Top 10 songs. He was suffering dementia prior to his death.
“My heart is absolutely destroyed today… I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early this morning,” Shelton, one of country music’s biggest stars, wrote on social media, alongside a photo of him singing with Conley.her. Now go rest…”
Trisha Yearwood and Gwen Stefani, who dates Shelton, responded to the heartbroken message. Study: Dementia Is CAUSED By Medical Care
“I am so sad to hear this news. ETC you will be greatly missed,” Yearwood said. Stefani thanked Shelton for introducing her to Conley’s music.
John Rich of the country duo Big & Rich, and Jason Aldean also reminisced about the late singer, recalling his influence on their careers. Read more.
Earl Thomas Conley, Country Star of the 1980s, Is Dead at 77
NASHVILLE — Earl Thomas Conley, one of the most popular and prolific country singers of the 1980s, died here on Wednesday. He was 77.
Carole Scates, his partner for more than 20 years, said the cause was cerebral atrophy.
Mr. Conley had 24 Top 10 country singles in the ’80s, several of which he wrote or co-wrote, including 18 that reached No. 1. Only two artists that decade topped the country charts more times than he did: the vocal group Alabama, which had 27 No. 1 singles, and the singer Ronnie Milsap, who had 23. All but one of Mr. Conley’s No. 1 hits were recorded for RCA, starting with “Somewhere Between Right and Wrong” in 1982.
Many of Mr. Conley’s songs, among them “Holding Her and Loving You” and “Don’t Make It Easy for Me,” both No. 1 hits, plumbed the complexity of romantic relationships.
Abounding with sincerity, his rich, smoky baritone was well suited to his material, which appealed primarily to adult audiences, much like the vintage country and soul music of the 1960s and ’70s.
Mr. Conley’s affinity for soul music was evident on many of his recordings, maybe nowhere as much as on “Too Many Times,” a 1986 duet with Anita Pointer of the Grammy Award-winning Pointer Sisters.
That record reached No. 2 on the country chart and earned Mr. Conley an invitation, rare for a country artist, to perform the song with Ms. Pointer on the R&B-themed television show “Soul Train.”
“There was such soul in everything he did,” Joe Galante, who was chief executive of RCA Nashville from 1982 to 1990, said in an interview with The Daily Tennessean.
“You always talk about finding something unique,” Mr. Galante continued. “His voice certainly was that.” Read more.
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Earl Thomas Conley
Born: October 17, 1941, Portsmouth, Ohio
Died: April 10, 2019 (aged 77), Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar
Years active: 1974–2019
Labels: GRT, Warner Bros., Sunbird, RCA
Associated acts: Keith Whitley
Earl Thomas Conley was an American country music singer-songwriter. Between 1980 and 2003, he recorded ten studio albums, including seven for the RCA Records label.
In the 1980s and into the 1990s, Conley also charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which eighteen reached Number One.
Conley’s eighteen Billboard Number One country singles during the 1980s marked the most Number One hits by any artist in any genre during that decade except for Alabama and Ronnie Milsap.
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