Personalities | Earl Thomas Conley | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists
(Vocals, songwriter, b. 1941)
Conley’s first big break came in 1975, when Mel Street recorded his song ‘Smokey Mountain Memories’. Conway Twitty took his song ‘This Time I Have Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me’ to the top of the US country chart in 1976. On moving to Nashville, his first No. 1 hit, ‘Fire And Smoke’ (1981), appeared on the independent Sunbird label, which sold his contract to RCA. He made 17 No. 1s for them during the 1980s, including his duet with Emmylou Harris, ‘We Believe In Happy Endings’ (1988).
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