Earl Thomas Conley, an eighties country music hitmaker who enjoyed 18 #1 hits, has passed away.
The Tennessean reports:
Country singer Earl Thomas Conley, known for hit songs including “Holding Her and Loving You,” “What I’d Say” and “Right From the Start,” died at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday in Nashville, his brother Fred Conley confirmed.
The singer had a condition similar to dementia, his brother said, and had been in hospice care for several months.
“He just kept losing ground,” Fred Conley said. “I’m brokenhearted.”
Erinn Scates, 22, Earl Thomas Conley’s youngest child, said, “He was a great dad, and he filled our lives with color.”
“I could always count on Daddy to rescue me from life when life wasn’t always perfect,” said the singer’s oldest daughter Amy Edmisten, 50. His son Ty Conley, 55, added: “My hero.”
For those unfamiliar with his work, or feeling particularly nostalgic for it today, Billboard has a rundown of his twenty biggest hits, which included collaborations with Emmylou Harris and Anita Porter. Conley’s last big chart hits came in 1991 with “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Brotherly Love,” the latter a duet with Keith Whitley that became Conley’s 26th and final top ten hit.