10. Earl Thomas Conley

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10. Earl Thomas Conley

Coming onto the country scene in 1980, Earl became popular for his “thinking man’s country” style of country music that he recorded throughout his career; his songs involved characters, well written stories and heartbreak. He started out in the business as a songwriter, getting some hits for country artists Mel Street and Conway Twitty. Spending those years just writing songs allowed him to hone his skills for when he got his own recording contract. His well written tunes were hits and helped get him what is a celebrated career. He had at least one number one song every year from 1981-1989, and (thanks to a duet with Anita Pointer) was the only country artist to sing on the show “Soul Train”. In fact, he had the third most number one songs of any singer in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, his radio career basically came to a grinding halt when the “Class of ‘89” came in, signalling a new generation of country singers coming in. Today, his catalogue of songs isn’t as respected as it should be, but he left a legacy of brilliant storytelling that is still a height the songwriters of the present day try to live up to.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2000
  • Country of Origin: Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Why they will get in: Long career with highly respected songwriting
  • Why they won't get in: Not as well remembered as other singers of that era
  • Radio Career: 1980-1991
  • Top Twenty Hits: 27
  • Album Sales: Unknown (record keeping wasn’t great)
  • Essential Albums: Fire And Smoke (From Fire & Smoke, 1981)
    Somewhere Between Right And Wrong (From Somewhere Between Right And Wrong, 1982)
    Holding Her And Loving You (From Don’t Make It Easy For Me, 1983)
    Nobody Falls Like A Fool (From Greatest Hits, 1985)
    What I’d Say (From The Heart Of It All, 1988)

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