Sad news out of the globe of nation music these days, as many sources have confirmed that beloved artist Earl Thomas Conley has passed away.
He was 77 years old.
Finest recognized for such 1980s hits as “Holding Her and Loving You,” “What I’d Say” and “Once In a Blue Moon,” Conley reportedly died in Nashville on Wednesday morning.
The singer’s passing was announced by his longtime buddy and frequent collaborator, Blake Shelton.
“My heart is certainly destroyed these days,” Shelton wrote on his social media accounts.
“I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away pretty early this morning.”
Shelton and Conley had been buddies for more than 20 years.
The duo worked collectively writing Blake’s “All More than Me” along with Michael Pyle.
“Earl was my all time preferred singer, hero and my buddy. Prayers to his family members,” Shelton continued.
“We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest…”
Conley had been in hospice care for various months and had been suffering from a degenerative situation described as getting “equivalent to dementia” for various years.
Speaking with The Tennessean, Earl’s brother, Fred Conley, stated that the singer’s death had been a slow and heartbreaking method.
“He just kept losing ground,” Fred stated. “I’m brokenhearted.”
Earl’s 22-year-old daughter Erinn Scates, who is also a musician, sang her father’s praises to the newspaper:
“He was a terrific dad, and he filled our lives with colour,” she stated.
Shortly following signing with Warner Bros. in 1980, Conley recorded his initially hit, “Dreamin’s All I Do,” which rapidly reached the Billboard Prime 40.
From there, Conley developed various far more hits and racked up many Grammy nominations.
More than the course of his profession, Conley recorded 10 albums more than 30 of his singles listed on Billboard’s Hot Nation Songs.
When Shelton may possibly have been his closest buddy in the sector, various other nation music A-listers have paid tribute to Conley in the hours due to the fact his passing.
“I am so sad to hear this news. And so on you will be drastically missed,” Trisha Yearwood wrote on social media,
“So sad to hear #EarlThomasConley passed away these days,” wrote John Wealthy of Significant & Wealthy.
“He was a massive influence on my style and songwriting. I studied his records like textbooks and could play every single note of every single song. Definitely a single of the all time greats in nation music.”
The sentiment was echoed by Jason Aldean, who tweeted:
“RIP ‘ETC’… Man what a voice this guy had. Spent numerous nights listening and playing his songs. Nation Music lost a terrific a single these days guys. #EarlThomasConley #ETC”
Our thoughts go out to Conley’s loved ones in the course of this hard time.