Country superstar Earl Thomas Conley, best known for his hit songs including “Right From The Start,” “What I’d Say,” and “Holding Her and Loving You,” died in Nashville, Tennessee at 12:20 am CT on April 10, 2019. He was 77 years old.
Conely’s brother Fred confirmed the singer’s death and said he had a form of dementia and was under the care of hospice for the past few months.
Fred Conley said that he was heartbroken at the death, and he kept slipping.
Conley’s youngest child, 22-year-old Erinn Scates remembered that her father was a great man and filled everybody’s lives with color.
Shelton who wrote with Conway the hit single “All Over Me” in 2001, called him one of his most important heroes.
Grammy-nominated Shelton told People magazine in a 2014 interview the music on Conley made him want to sing country music.
He told the publication he always loved Conley, and he started to appreciate his talent when he turned 18. The song “What I’d Say” singing it over and over trying to sing it like him. Shelton thought if he could, he would be able to make it in country music.
Over his musical career, Conley scored 18 number one hits in country music, and ten songs went into the top 25
Conley is survived by his children Erinn Scates, Kate Scates, Amy Edmisten, and Ty Conley. Also their mothers Carole Scates and Sandra Conley.
Carole Scates said Conley requested that his body should be donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center instead of a funeral. In the upcoming months, they may plan a celebration of his life.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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