Country Artists React to the Death of Earl Thomas Conley

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When news broke that Earl Thomas Conley passed away Wednesday (April 10), country stars spoke out about their memories of the legendary country singer.

Earl found success as a singer with the 1981 No. 1 hit “Fire and Smoke.” His unique vocal style put him on a chart topping streak in the 1980s that started with “Your Love’s On the Line” and included his signature smash, “Holding Her and Loving You.”

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Blake Shelton broke the news with his tweet, paying homage to his “all time favorite singer.” Toby Keith, Clay Walker, Kix Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Josh Turner and more used the moment to share their feelings about the big loss country music is experiencing.

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