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Country stars have been taking to their socials to mourn the loss of Earl Thomas Conley who died at 77 at a Nashville Hospice this morning. Mr. Conley suffered from a condition similar to dementia, his brother said, and had been in hospice care for several months. He is best know for the songs “Holding Her and Loving You,” “What I’d Say” and “Right From the Start.”

Chris Young posted on Twitter, “RIP Earl Thomas Conley… sad day for country music”

John Rich posted to Twitter, “So sad to hear #EarlThomasConley passed away today. He was a huge influence on my style and songwriting. I studied his records like textbooks and could play every note of every song. Truly one of the all-time greats in country music. #RipEarlThomasConley”

Toby Keith shared on Twitter, “An all time great. Earl Thomas Conley passed away today. Huge influence on me. Loved him. Prayers to his family. -T”

-Nancy Brooks