Country Legend Earl Thomas Conley Dead At 77
Nashville, Tn--Earl Thomas Conley, a country music icon in the 1980s died in Nashville early Wednesday morning, following a battle with a condition similar to dementia. He was 77.
Conley enjoyed a 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”.
Conley turned down an art-school scholarship and joined the Army. While stationed in West Germany for two years, he became interested in country music. Conley was 21 when his sister was killed in a car accident. Moving back to Ohio, he sang gospel music with his aunt and uncle and made frequent trips to Nashville. After relocating to Huntsville, Alabama, he worked in a steel mill and would soon meet music publisher Nelson Larkin--an event that would change his life.
"We are deeply saddened by Earl Thomas Conley's passing," the Country Music Association said in Statement. "Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."
He is survived by three children. His body is being donated to Vanderbilt Medical School, his brother said.
There is not a memorial scheduled at this time.