Very sad news coming out of Music City today...Country singer Earl Thomas Conley, known for hit songs including "Holding Her and Loving You," "What I'd Say" and "Right From the Start," died at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday in Nashville, his brother Fred Conley confirmed.
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ETC's had an influence on many of today's Country stars including Blake Shelton who shared his heartbreak via Twitter just hours ago. Back in 2002 the pair worked together co-writing Shelton's 2002 hit "All Over Me" .
The cause of death is unknown and this is a developing story so we will update when we receive more details.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Country star during one of his stops in Beaumont back in the 90's at one of our local venues. We went to the star's bus and I remember the cigarette smoke billowing out of the door as we stepped on to bus. I was with, my then coworkers, Hot Rod and JB and we were just going to do our "in and out meet and greet" and be on our way but he invited us to sit down and we chatted for a good while like we were longtime friends, I remember that fondly because growing up with Conley's music, I admit I was a little "starstruck" You will definitely be missed. Rest easy ETC!!