Artist Earl Thomas Conley passed away yesterday (4/10) in Nashville



After suffering from a condition similar to dementia, according to The Tennessean. He was 77. Conley logged a string of hits in the 1980s that include "I Can't Win For Losin' You," "That Was A Close One" and "Holding Her And Loving You." His 18 chart-toppers earned him the third-most No. 1 songs from 1980-1989 following only Alabama and Ronnie Milsap. Warner Bros./WMN's Blake Shelton broke the news via Instagram sharing, "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." Joe Galante, who was Conley's label head at RCA, tells Country Aircheck, "He was an incredibly soulful singer who loved music. You felt his emotion in every song he sang. Conley was shy but fun to be with, and he influenced a lot of singers for years to come." Services are pending.

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