Longtime Country music star Earl Thomas Conley died in the early morning house of April 10 at the age of 77. He had been in Hospice over the past several months with a dementia type disease.
A musical influence for many current Country music stars, Conley was popular in the eighties and nineties where he had 25 top 10 hits – 18 of them reaching number one.
Prior to having success with his own music, Conley wrote for a number of artists including Conway Twitty and Mel Street. Conley has also co-written with longtime friend and current “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton.
Conley’s music can be heard on the soundtracks for the films “Love Hurts” and “Road House”.
He was born on October 17, 1941 in Portsmouth, Ohio the son of a railroad man and served in the U.S.Army before turning his had to Country music. He began writing songs while still in the Army.
Conley is survived by his long time partner Carole Scates; siblings Fred, Steve, Ronda, and Becky; children Erinn, Amy, Kat, and Ty; and five grandchildren.
Conley’s body was donated to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Earl Thomas Conley discography:
“Fire & Smoke”
“Somewhere Between Right & Wrong”
“Don’t Make it Easy for Me”
“Too Many Times”
“The Heart of it All”
“Should’ve Been Over by Now”
“Live at Billy Bob’s Texas”
feature photo taken from the Earl Thomas Conley Facebook page.