It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this
Also listening to:

Earl Thomas Conley

Early in his career, Earl Thomas Conley's music picked up the label "thinking man's country." An accurate description -- Conley looks into the heart and soul of his characters, finding the motivations for their actions and beliefs. In the process, the astute listener can find fragments of himself/herself in nearly any Conley creation. Born into poverty in Portsmouth, OH, Conley struggled with the limits of his social class. He aspired to be a painter or actor, but found that his aspirations for music lingered after the other interests died down. Influenced by everyone from Hank Williams to the Eagles, Conley delved into the details of writing, trying to learn the craft by following the rules and regulations of the Music Row songwriting community. Eventually, torn by the limits of the "law," he found his own niche by breaking many of those same rules. His public self-analysis -- in both his songs and his interviews -- has proven inspirational to some, bothersome to others, but Conley has evolved stylistically, even though the "thinking man" label continues to follow him. He's admittedly chased a more commercial sound, with a certain degree of success, but the run for the dollars also put him into a financial bind. He spent part of the late '80s and early '90s overworking himself to pay off his debts. Although he has been a hitmaker for more than a decade, his contributions to country have often gone almost unnoticed.

The son a railroad man, Conley left his Portsmouth home at the age of 14, once his father lost his job. After living with his older sister in Ohio, he rejected a scholarship to art school, deciding to join the Army instead. While he was in the military, he fell in love with country music. Following his discharge, he worked a number of blue-collar jobs while he played Nashville clubs at night. Conley wasn't making any headway, so he relocated to Huntsville, AL, where he worked in a steel mill. While in Huntsville, he met Nelson Larkin, a producer who helped the fledgling singer sign to the independent label GRT in 1974. Over the next two years, he released four singles on the label -- which were all credited to "Earl Conley" -- and each one scraped the lower regions of the country charts. While his chart success was respectable for a developing artist, he was soon eclipsed by other artists who were having hits with his songs. Nelson Larkin gave his brother Billy "Leave It Up to Me," which became the first Earl Thomas Conley song to reach the Top 20. It was followed shortly afterward by Mel Street's number 13 hit "Smokey Mountain Memories" and Conway Twitty's version of "This Time I've Hurt Her More (Than She Loves Me)," which reached number one in early 1976. By that time, he had moved to Nashville, where he was writing for Nelson Larkin's publishing house.

In 1977, Conley signed with Warner Bros., and in early 1979 he had his first Top 40 hit, "Dreamin's All I Do." By the end of the year, he had begun performing and releasing records under his full name, Earl Thomas Conley. None of his Warner singles became big hits, and he left the label at the end of 1979. After spending six months reassessing his career and musical direction, he signed to Sunbird Records and began working with Nelson Larkin again. Conley's first single for Sunbird, "Silent Treatment," was an immediate Top Ten hit late in 1980, and it was quickly followed by the number one "Fire and Smoke" early in 1981. Following his breakthrough success, RCA signed Conley to a long-term deal. "Tell Me Why," his first single for the label, reached number ten in late 1981, followed shortly afterward by the number 16 "After the Love Slips Away." In the summer of 1982, "Heavenly Bodies" kicked off a string of 21 straight Top Ten hits that ran for seven years. During that time, he had a remarkable 17 number one hits, including a record-setting four number one singles from 1984's Don't Make It Easy for Me -- it was the first time any artist in any genre had four number one hits from the same album. Though he had some financial and vocal problems during the mid-'80s, the hits never stopped coming during the entire decade.

By the end of the '80s, he had stopped working with Nelson Larkin, preferring to collaborate with Randy Scruggs, which brought his music back to his country and R&B roots. His sales took a dramatic dip during 1990 due to the rise of contemporary country, but he had two new Top Ten hits, "Shadow of a Doubt" and the Keith Whitley duet "Brotherly Love." The singles set the stage for the harder-edged country of his 1991 album, Yours Truly. Despite receiving some of the best reviews of Conley's career, the record was a commercial failure, and RCA dropped him shortly after its release. For much of the '90s, he was without a record label, yet he continued to give concerts and to tour, finally landing on Intersound for 1998's Perpetual Emotion. ~ Tom Roland
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: 16 Biggest Hits

1. Fire And Smoke

2. Love Don't Care (Whose Heart It Breaks)

3. What She Is (Is A Woman In Love)

4. Your Love's On The Line

5. Holding Her And Loving You

6. Don't Make It Easy For Me

7. Angel In Disguise

8. Chance Of Lovin' You

9. Love Out Loud

10. Nobody Falls Like A Fool

11. Once In A Blue Moon

12. I Can't Win For Losin' You

13. Right From The Start

15. What I'd Say

16. Somewhere Between Right And Wrong

x

Track List: Should've Been Over By Now

1. It Should Have Been Over By Now

2. The Closer You Are

3. I Ain't Crazy

4. You Dont Have To Live With It

5. Holding Her And Loving You

6. Once In A Blue Moon

7. Scared Money Never Wins

8. Your Loves On The Line

9. Don't Make It Easy For Me

10. Dont Want To Be In Love Without You

11. I Can't Win For Losing You

x

Track List: The Essential Earl Thomas Conley

1. Fire And Smoke

2. Somewhere Between Right And Wrong

3. Heavenly Bodies

4. I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before)

5. Angel In Disguise

6. Don't Make It Easy For Me

7. Your Love's On The Line

8. Holding Her And Loving You

9. That Was A Close One

10. I Can't Win For Losin' You

11. Chance Of Lovin' You

12. Honor Bound

13. Love Don't Care (Whose Heart It Breaks)

14. Nobody Falls Like A Fool

15. Once In A Blue Moon

16. Right From The Start

17. What She Is (Is A Woman In Love)

18. Love Out Loud

19. What I'd Say

20. Brotherly Love

x

Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Nobody Falls Like A Fool

2. Holding Her And Loving You

3. Somewhere Between Right And Wrong

4. Angel In Disguise

5. Fire And Smoke

6. Once In A Blue Moon

7. I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before)

8. Don't Make It Easy For Me

9. Your Love's On The Line

10. Silent Treatment

x

Track List: Live At Billy Bob's Texas

1. Somewhere Between Right And Wrong (Live)

2. Your Love's On The Line (Live)

3. Don't Make It Easy For Me (Live)

4. Angel In Disguise (Live)

5. Chance Of Lovin' You (Live)

6. Hard Days & Honky Tonk Nights (Live)

7. What She Is (Is A Woman In Love) (Live)

8. Holding Her And Loving You (Live)

9. Once In A Blue Moon (Live)

10. Brotherly Love (Live)

11. Heavenley Bodies (Live)

12. What I'd Say (Live)

13. Fire & Smoke (Live)

14. Love Don't Care (Who's Heart It Breaks) (Live)

15. Shadow Of A Doubt (Live)

16. I Can't Win For Losin' You (Live)

Comments

Report as inappropriate
Yee Haw
Report as inappropriate
I agree with all the above absolutely
Report as inappropriate
Great country music
Report as inappropriate
maggiekksb
Great song. A lot of truth here
Report as inappropriate
One of the greatest voices of all time! Love me some ETC!!!
Report as inappropriate
I Love You Earl, no one makes me feel as good as you.
Report as inappropriate
Nope, nobody falls like us fools.
Report as inappropriate
My story - everyone's story .
Report as inappropriate
Another great artist great music
Report as inappropriate
Love this song....
Report as inappropriate
I know what'd I say...
Report as inappropriate
I love this
Report as inappropriate
The man
Report as inappropriate
brenda.olive r 7 3
Hey! i finally am gonna see ETC in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget on Friday, May 1st, 2015. I am sooooooo excited!!!!! ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
The best! New country can't compare.
Report as inappropriate
This song in particular can go towards Both sexes.en aren't the only ones Cheated on and had hearts broken.. pfffft WOMEN!
Report as inappropriate
I wish I heard this song two years ago I'd of played this to my ex wife I really really really miss her I can't let her go I need a her back in my life
Report as inappropriate
True country!
Report as inappropriate
The BEST country song writer and voice ever!! He definitely "thought" before he wrote these songs. He was 27 when I was born. I have been listening to his music all my life. My dream is to hear him sing in person. ❤️
Report as inappropriate
he is 74 hard to believe that.. love this guy,, ETC... I was 8 when he was in the Army..lol
Report as inappropriate
Awesome singer! Love his songs, one of the best!!!!!!!! !
Report as inappropriate
A special tribute by Blake Shelton for a much overdue country artist. That is how country should be and I still think Eddie Arnold and George Strait will never be replaced by this modern country. Thank God for Blake Shelton for standing up for him.
Report as inappropriate
always loved his music
Report as inappropriate
Awesome singer and songwriter!
Report as inappropriate
Better than today's country
Report as inappropriate
Love that Earl Thomas. What a nice voice.
Report as inappropriate
bowlingirene . 1
A-voice-to-d i e - f o r ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
Love this song
Report as inappropriate
In the fog and friction of war, he communicates the surrender.
Report as inappropriate
tweety121012
Gotta love me some ETC.. Holding her & loving you.. All time favorite!
Report as inappropriate
Loved tight fitting jeans the most.
Report as inappropriate
Two of the greatest of all time
Report as inappropriate
i love this song he is so good
Report as inappropriate
Earl is one of the freegin best....
Report as inappropriate
Totally underrated and completely overlooked
Report as inappropriate
I was a radio personality back in the early 80's playing great country music like that from ETC....alway s loved his music...turn e d it up in the control room!!!!!
Report as inappropriate
rarebearco
And he never received any awards that I know of from that stupid CMA group!!!!! What a shame!!!!!!
Report as inappropriate
when my husband and I met - the osng was Don't make it easy for me love ETC. Have him on my ipod.
Report as inappropriate
My favorite song of ETC, Holding Her and Loving You, is REAL country!
Report as inappropriate
Now thats music, from the heart!!!!!
Report as inappropriate
Solid lyrics,Solid voice.
Report as inappropriate
i love him always have its so perfect in my life
Report as inappropriate
taria234
LIKE THIS SINGER KEEP IT ON MY RADIO
Report as inappropriate
Fire and Smoke.One of the best country songs!Been there done that!
Report as inappropriate
touchrock2
I saw E.T. last year in concert. He still puts on a great show.
Report as inappropriate
Randy I couldn't agree more, wondering why he never made it to the top? Does anyone know one or the last of his songs
Report as inappropriate
Earl is the best "Love Song" singer there is
Report as inappropriate
this is one of his best songs too. holding her and loving you
Report as inappropriate
I love him also
Report as inappropriate
Earl Thomas Conley has a fantastic voice. I love his songs. He is one of my favorites
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[123, 99, 81, 99, 101, 112, 95, 68, 112, 115, 88, 105, 71, 118, 122, 97, 71, 79, 90, 88, 88, 68, 87, 122, 84, 68, 89, 66, 113, 100, 100, 108, 112, 123, 101, 94, 104, 109, 104, 83, 67, 114, 124, 116, 77, 119, 74, 73, 126, 77, 88, 77, 64, 71, 82, 66, 116, 93, 126, 98, 105, 70, 115, 65, 84, 111, 68, 103, 116, 108, 122, 126, 101, 123, 120, 74, 75, 80, 89, 125, 68, 98, 105, 110, 122, 111, 110, 88, 94, 64, 75, 115, 95, 109, 73, 75, 93, 106, 123, 71, 64, 93, 115, 126, 95, 118, 120, 113, 112, 107, 68, 121, 111, 107, 77, 107, 71, 65, 65, 117, 82, 75, 73, 110, 111, 83, 127, 75, 123, 106, 87, 65, 109, 66, 122, 98, 112, 109, 80, 69, 97, 110, 101, 73, 101, 100, 76, 72, 111, 110, 118, 101, 69, 89, 109, 119, 110, 66, 114, 116, 127, 93, 91, 74, 123, 66, 64, 93, 99, 91, 86, 82, 116, 116, 86, 88, 103, 111, 127, 96, 102, 79, 127, 68, 87, 111, 96, 82, 73, 99, 80, 92, 111, 93, 65, 98, 75, 102, 82, 106, 73, 124, 116, 96, 98, 74, 111, 91, 98, 88, 127, 99, 73, 102, 105, 72, 121, 106, 73, 82, 111, 98, 102, 98, 126, 72, 123, 124, 127, 94, 83, 87, 111, 106, 95, 76, 73, 117, 87, 105, 99, 125, 90, 101, 88, 66, 102, 81, 92, 89, 82, 97, 85, 110, 90, 72, 101, 114, 69, 64, 112, 73, 72, 87, 113, 113, 71, 80, 97, 64, 70, 101, 85, 97, 108, 105, 67, 92, 124, 76, 74, 83, 117, 79, 127, 78, 97, 116, 103, 115, 116, 99, 67, 122, 68, 127, 70, 119, 109, 92, 64, 85, 90, 98, 92, 112, 70, 65, 119, 94, 98, 82, 85, 118, 124, 121, 107, 82, 89, 116, 118, 90, 87, 86, 80, 122, 104, 84, 113, 87, 115, 84, 76, 85, 96, 75, 126, 111, 122, 93, 65, 96, 67, 102, 110, 107, 75, 113, 119, 83, 109, 102, 64, 105, 81, 69, 104, 85, 77, 121, 107, 82, 79, 105, 73, 72, 117, 77, 110, 79, 105, 124, 104, 75, 119, 99, 70, 72, 100, 68, 111, 94, 82, 88, 98, 72, 77, 121, 112, 86, 119, 110, 102, 116, 123, 85, 75, 69, 78, 72, 88, 124, 127, 74, 102, 125, 91, 79, 101, 127, 106, 126, 95, 93, 78, 92, 118, 121, 104, 127, 91, 90, 114, 121, 86, 74, 69, 110, 69, 110, 98, 119, 89, 75, 116, 90, 84, 75, 94, 98, 70, 105, 101, 76, 118, 117, 98, 77, 93, 124, 109, 123, 115, 74, 64, 84, 84, 84, 92, 94, 126, 107, 124, 103, 123, 91, 115, 82, 115, 67, 110, 106, 102, 93, 72, 92, 66, 97, 117, 127, 81, 68, 79, 117, 76, 108, 109, 78, 120, 64, 66, 117, 99, 121, 104, 104, 78, 93, 74, 112, 110, 79, 97, 102, 92, 101, 107, 91, 120, 125, 98, 113]