Country singer Earl Thomas Conley´s passing has saddened the music world. Some of the best stars talk about him and his legacy.
"Earl and I grew up about 30 miles down the road from each other. We've been good friends for many years. I've always loved his records and I'm gonna miss him." - Bobby Bare, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry Member
"Earl Thomas Conley, great country music star, I never had the pleasure of working with Earl but I have always admired his talent and his love for country music." - Mickey Gilley
ETC had many good friends and performed some of the best duets of the ´80s
like "We Believe in Happy Endings" with Emmylou Harris
He was also featuring in great songs like "All Tangled In Love" by Gus Hardin (1945-1996).
Rest In Peace singing brother Earl Thomas Conley gone this morning at age 77... so very sad" - The Oak Ridge Boys
"We’ve lost one of the great voices in Country music. My heart is with Earl Thomas Conley’s family." - Tracy Lawrence.
"Before I moved to Nashville in 1982, I was already a huge Earl Thomas Conley fan. Had all of his records. I melted the grooves. Hero writer. Hero voice. Inspiration. Worked with. Loved. Friend. R.I.P, brother." - T. Graham Brown
Toby Keith called Conley a “huge influence on me. Loved him.”
John Rich tweeted that Conley was “a huge influence on my style and songwriting. I studied his records like text books and could play every note of every song. Truly one of the all-time greats in Country Music.”
"It´s so sad to hear about the passing of Earl Thomas Conley. “Too Many Times” is a song that touches people to this day. Earl will always be fondly remembered." -Anita Pointer (The Pointer Sisters)