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R.I.P. Earl Thomas Conley..passed away at age 77.

We've lost another of country music's greatest male vocalists this past week..

Earl Thomas Conley had quite a career during the 80's--he was the first artist of any music genre to score four #1 hits off his debut album,and also was the first (and possibly only) artist to appear on "Soul Train",when he did a duet with the Pointer Sisters...

He had a lot of great songs--ones like "What I'd Say", "Once In A Blue Moon",and "Your Love's On The Line","Don't Make It Easy On Me",","Holding Her & Loving You", "Nobody Falls Like A Fool","Angel In Disguise","Fire & Smoke" ,"What She Is","Love Don't Care" (whose heart it breaks),and many others that all got a lot of airplay back then..

Earl had lung cancer and had been in poor health the past several years..
I like a lot of his songs,and am saddened about his loss..seems far too many of the greatest singers are passing away lately..


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I bought his greatest hits album back in the 80’s. He had some good songs and a unique singing voice. Sorry to hear of his passing. The good country singers are aging. The new “pop twang” is not really country music..

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I cant stand what passes for "country" nowadays...bro-country,tractor rapping,hick hopping crap ,it makes my blood boil hearing those songs on the radio--which I no longer listen too much ,since 2005 or so,that is when they started ignoring all the real talented older artists--now most of the greatest ones are gone,and it's like the genre died with them--or was stolen,more like it..

I get disgusted when I see some newbie get inducted to the Grand Old Opry ,when many older artists that have longed to be a member get overlooked ..
Crystal Gayle was recently inducted--only took them like 30+ years since her last hit,and she's sold millions of records..
Then Kelsey Ballerini comes out with one hit song and has only been "around" maybe 5 years,and they induct her this Tuesday night...she's not "country"really, in my opinion..
I'm surprised they didn't induct Taylor Swift instantly,while she was still "country"..a prime example of a young talent using country music as a stepping stone to get a pop career started..

I guess being a young hot blonde helps--but many of the older women country artists that are still waiting for an invitation aren't exactly homely either..I guess the casting couch isn't obsolete after all--probably the ones willing to do "favors" get inducted quickly......


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I used to look forward to the CMA and ACM award shows. I no longer watch them.

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country in her soul but she loves to rock n roll charlie daniels
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Our local Spectrum cable has “classic country hits” on channel 1934. This is usually playing in our home background on weekend mornings.
Earl Thomas Conley songs are frequently played. His passing is another reminder that the clock is ticking.....

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I get "Music Choice" on Comcast,they have a "classic country" channel (Ch.534 on my listings),that plays a lot of the older artists and Earl Thomas Conley's songs get played at least once an hour,along with dozens of others by George Jones.Merle Haggard,Johnny Paycheck,Crystal Gayle,Judy Rodman,Kathy Mattea,Holly Dunn,The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo,Statler Bros,Alabama,T Grahm Brown,dozens more--no commercials either..
They don't have videos,they just play songs and put a photo of the artist and some trivia on the screen while they play..
That channel will be the only one I'll miss when I cancel my cable later this month--I cant see wasting $70 a month to watch only Discovery & History and few other channels--the rest have absolutely nothing that interests me..

I'm looking into getting "Philo",a streaming TV app that for $16 a month,has 44 channels,including many that I have had lost when Comcast decided to change my package without any refunds or options to get another channel in their place..
The line up includes History,Discovery,and dozens more,including Motor Trend TV--the only drawback is having to use your computer to watch,or leave it on to stream to your smart TV..

I have given up watching the country award shows too--I used to tape them every year,up until 2003 or so--after that,"country" took a nosedive as far as being what it used to be.
I no longer listen to "country radio" either,for at least 10+ years,when the "Bro Country" Hick Hoppers started getting all the airplay..we have 4 "country" stations and all have identical playlists..only the "newbies" get played,if anyone calls in a request for George Jones or Merle,they'll just laugh at you..not one "classic country" station exists in New England that I know of,that I can pick up here any more..

I read more sad news on facebook this morning--Hal Ketchum has decided to retire,he has been suffering from Althimers and Dementia for awhile now,but is otherwise healthy,but he can't continue performing in that condition..
I think he had MS also,I read back in the late 90's after he had several big hits..

It is sad to see all our favorite artists get old,sick,and pass away..reminds us our turn may not be far off....the artists I went to see in concert and got to meet many times and know very well,really affected me deeply,when they became ill and passed away--I knew Holly Dunn very well,and since she passed away at age 59,from ovarian cancer in 2016,I find it very hard to listen to any of her songs now...
Ditto for Lari White,she passed away about a year after Holly,and from a similar cancer,she was only 52....Joey Feek was another great talent we lost far too soon..


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