Earl Thomas Conley Biography – Earl Thomas Conley Wiki
Earl Thomas Conley was an American country music singer-songwriter.
Conley moved to Dayton, Ohio, to live with his sister as a teenager. He was ready to accept an art scholarship to a local college after high school, but enlisted in the Army instead. That’s where he discovered his musical talent, as part of a Christian-influenced trio, and began to write songs.
In 1968, Conley began going back and forth to Nashville, eventually moving to Huntsville, Ala., to be closer to Music City. In 1973, he met producer Dick Herd, with whom he wrote Mel Street’s Top 10 song “Smokey Mountain Memories.” Conley officially relocated to Nashville after that, earning a No. 1 hit in 1975: Conway Twitty’s “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me.”
Conley first tried his luck at a career as an artist in 1979, with the release of three singles for Warner Bros. It took until 1982, however, for him to earn his first No. 1 song: “Fire & Smoke,” from Conley’s Blue Pearl album, released on Sunbird Records. Conley then signed with RCA Records. Beginning with 1983’s “Your Love’s on the Line,” Conley earned nine consecutive No. 1 singles. After a No. 2 duet with Anita Pointer broke that streak in 1986, the same year’s “I Can’t Win for Losin’ You” began another run of seven consecutive No. 1 songs.
Conley found crossover success as well thanks to his R&B- and pop-influenced sound: That duet with Pointer, “Too Many Times,” earned him a performance spot on the famous TV show Soul Train. Conley also received numerous ACM Awards, CMA Awards and Grammy Awards nominations throughout his career.
Conley took a hiatus from the music industry in the early 1990s, though he began recording again in 1998. The album Perpetual Emotion was released that April.
Earl Thomas Conley Age
He was born on October 17, 1941 in Portsmouth, Ohio, United States. He died on April 10, 2019 at the age of 77.
Earl Thomas Conley Wife –
Earl Thomas Conley Married
The mothers of his four children are Sandra Conley and Carole Scates.
Earl Thomas Conley Children
Conley had four children, Ty Conley, Amy Edmisten, Kat Scates and Erinn Scates.
Earl Thomas Conley Death
Conley died on Wednesday April 10, 2019 in Nashville. He was 77 years old. Earl Thomas Conley’s death was confirmed by his brother Fred Conley. Fred Conley said, “He just kept losing ground. I’m brokenhearted.”
Fellow country star Blake Shelton wrote on Twitter, “My heart is absolutely destroyed today… I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early this morning. Earl was my all time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest…”
My heart is absolutely destroyed today… I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early this morning. Earl was my all time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest… pic.twitter.com/W75ZVV6fbe
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 10, 2019
Shelton and Earl Thomas Conley collaborated on a song in 2002, “All Over Me,” which the pair wrote together alongside Michael Pyle.
Earl Thomas Conley’s longtime agent Rob Battle said, “Sadly he passed away this morning. An unbelievable artist, songwriter and talent.”
Singer T.G. Sheppard said, “There are voices in our business that you recognize instantly from the first word they sing. Earl Thomas was one of those incredible voices. It’s truly a sad, sad day for country music. He was a kind and gentle man. I was honored to have worked shows with him and call him a friend.”
Earl Thomas Conley Cause of Death
Earl Thomas Conley’s cause of death was a condition similar to dementia and had been in hospice care for several months.
Earl Thomas Conley Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Earl Thomas Conley Family – Earl Thomas Conley Siblings
He was born as the third of eight children. He is survived by his brothers Fred Conley and Steve Conley; sisters Ronda Hodges and Becky Miller; and five grandchildren.
Earl Thomas Conley Songs
- Holding Her and Loving You
- Don’t Make It Easy For Me
- What I’d Say
- Once In A Blue Moon
- I Can’t Win For Losin’ You
- Somewhere Between Right and Wrong
- Angel In Disguise
- Nobody Falls Like A Fool
- Your Love’s On The Line
- What She Is
- Love Out Loud
- Love Don’t Care
- That Was A Close One
- Right From The Start
- Fire and Smoke
- I Have Loved You Girl
- Don’t Make It Easy For Me
- Chance Of Lovin’ You
- Heavenly Bodies
- Silent Treatment
- We Believe in Happy Endings
- Honor Bound
- After the Love Slips Away
- Shadow of a Doubt
- You Must Not Be Drinking Enough
- Tell Me Why
- This Time I’ve Hurt Her More
- Too Many Times
- Hard Days and Honky Tonk Nights
- Smokey Mountain Memories
- It Should’ve Been Over by Now
- Bring Back Your Love to Me
- Crowd Around the Corner