- Earl Thomas Conley
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Earl Thomas Conley
Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date and age|1941|10|17
Portsmouth, Ohio, USA
Genre = Country
Years_active = 1974-present
Label = GRT,
URL = [http://www.earlthomasconley.com EarlThomasConley.com]
Earl Thomas Conley (born
October 17, 1941, in Portsmouth, Ohio) is an American country music singerand composer. Between 1980 and 2003, he recorded ten studio albums, including seven for the RCA Recordslabel. In the 1980s and into the 1990s, Conley also charted more than thirty singles on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songscharts, of which eighteen reached Number One.
When Conley was 14, his father lost his job, forcing the young boy to move in with his older sister.Fact|date=August 2008 He was offered a scholarship to an art school, but rejected it in favor of joining the
U.S. Army.Fact|date=August 2008 After being honorably discharged from the military, he began playing in clubs in Nashville, Tennessee, at night, supporting himself working blue-collarjobs during the day.
Feeling that he wasn't making any progress in Nashville, Conley moved to Huntsville,
Alabamato work in a steel mill. There, he met record producer Nelson Larkin, who helped him sign with independent record label GRT in 1974. Conley released four singles on that label, none of which became large hits. At the same time, he was selling songs that he had written to other artists, including Conway Twittyand Mel Street, who were having much success with them.Fact|date=August 2008
Conley returned to Nashville, now writing for Nelson Larkin's publishing house. In 1979, he signed a recording contract with
Warner Bros. Records. Two years later, he had his first Top 40hit, "Dreamin's All I Do". He left the label in 1979 and joined Sunbird Records, where he again worked with Nelson Larkin. This time, Conley found success, with a Top Ten and a Number One single within the next two years. He continued to have success over the next few years, and in 1983, he was nominated for multiple Grammy Awardsfor his song "Holdin' Her and Lovin' You". He set a record the following year as the first artist in any genre to have four Number One singles from the same album.Fact|date=August 2008 Conley also appeared on Soul Trainin 1986, the first and only country artist to do so.Fact|date=August 2008
By the end of the 1980s, Conley began collaborating with
Randy Scruggs(son of legendary country singer Earl Scruggs), in the hopes that he could bring his music back to his country roots. His record sales began to drop in the 1990s, as country music took a more pop turn, and Conley was dropped from his record label in 1991. He continued to tour throughout the 1990s, but was without a recording contract for most of that time. He began recording again in 1998.
Conley also co-wrote
Blake Shelton's 2002 single "All over Me".
* [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/bio/index.jsp?pid=51541&cr=artist&or=ASCENDING&sf=length&kw=earl%20thomas%20conley Billboard profile]
* [http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/conley_earl_thomas/artist.jhtml CMT.com profile]
* [http://www.earlthomasconley.com Official website]
*Wood, Gerry. (1998). "Earl Thomas Conley". In "The Encyclopedia of Country Music". New York: Oxford University Press. p. 108.
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