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Old 04-10-2019, 04:00 PM   #1
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RIP - Earl Thomas Conley

Just read the news that Earl Thomas Conley passed away at the age of 77. He was in hospice care for a form of dementia.

Makes me feel darn old as I remember listening and enjoy many of his big hits.

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Earl Thomas Conley, who enjoyed a nearly unbroken streak of 18 Number One hits in the Eighties — including “Holding Her and Loving You,” “Angel in Disguise” and the duet with Emmylou Harris “We Believe in Happy Endings” — died in Nashville early Wednesday morning, following a battle with a condition similar to dementia. He was 77.

An influential singer who also wrote or co-wrote the bulk of his hits, Conley was memorialized in a Twitter post by Blake Shelton, who wrote: “My heart is absolutely destroyed today… 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….”
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Out of all the singers that have disappeared from view, ETC probably sold more records than them all.

His song, "Holding Her and Loving You" was one of the most definitive country songs of all time. It was written by one of our local songwriters, Walt Aldridge. He also wrote most of the big hits for Ronnie Millsap and Ricky Van Shelton.

The song is being sung to his girlfriend while he's still living with his wife. Great phrases in the song are:
And the second hardest thing I'll ever do is telling her about you. How can I tell her now that good ain't good enough.
So don't expect me just to walk out of the door, I still love her but I love you more.

Country music just doesn't get any better than that. While we have not seen ETC lately, his music's just the best.
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Out of all the singers that have disappeared from view, ETC probably sold more records than them all.

His song, "Holding Her and Loving You" was one of the most definitive country songs of all time. It was written by one of our local songwriters, Walt Aldridge. He also wrote most of the big hits for Ronnie Millsap and Ricky Van Shelton.

The song is being sung to his girlfriend while he's still living with his wife. Great phrases in the song are:
And the second hardest thing I'll ever do is telling her about you. How can I tell her now that good ain't good enough.
So don't expect me just to walk out of the door, I still love her but I love you more.

Country music just doesn't get any better than that. While we have not seen ETC lately, his music's just the best.
Those are great lines of the song. Other lines from one of my favorite ETC songs is from "Your Love's on the Line" which I interpret is about someone who is on the verge of cheating and having an affair. Words of:

Now the sweet taste of freedom is hard to control
When the touch of a woman's so tender to hold
She won't even let you remember
How long you've been gone

Boy, you've got your head in the clouds
And your heart in a bind
So how come you're feelin' so proud
When your love's on the line?

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Great stuff! He had a way of poetically delivering country songs.
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Great artist who will be missed. Fond memories of his music and dancing to his songs in those C&W dance halls that were so prominent in those days.
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ETC was one of the very first tapes I listened to. Yes way back in the mid 80's it was cassette tapes. I had his greatest hits, and it was so good. I think he was a little bit overlooked and under appreciated as an artist. I have many songs I liked, but my favorite song was- "What I'd say". That was a great song.
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Thanks for the link.

He had so many good songs. Love Out Loud was a great love song.
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