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July 31

Earl Thomas Conley’s Defining Moment in “Angel in Disguise”

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Earl Thomas Conley's Defining Moment in "Angel in Disguise" 1
Earl Thomas Conley/Photo credit: Youtube

Before Clint Black, American country singer Earl Thomas Conley was the first artist in any genre to score four No. 1 songs from the same album. That was in 1984. The incredible album that spawned the four chart-toppers was called Don’t Make It Easy for Me. And the far-fetched song that gave Conley his career’s defining moment was no other than “Angel in Disguise.” The song was co-written by Conley with the legendary musician Randy Scruggs. It was the fourth single from the above-mentioned album to top the country chart. Conley went on to score 14 more No. 1 songs throughout the ’80’s before going on a hiatus in 1990 for several reasons. With the exemption of Alabama and Ronnie Milsap, Conley was the only artist of any genre during that decade to have the most No. 1 hits.

About the Song “Angel in Disguise”

According to Conley, “Angel in Disguise” was inspired by his security person, Jimmy Adams. While on his tour bus, Conley was contemplating on a song to write. Unable to find the right words for a tune, he turned to Adams and asked for the story of how he and wife Darleen Kelly Adams had met. Without hesitation, Adams shared his love story with the singer. Soon enough, those words from Adams became the lyrics to Conley’s “Angel in Disguise.” When Adams went home, he told his wife about the song that has reference to her. Upon hearing this, Darleen couldn’t help but feel special.

The song’s music video depicts Conley in his middle age as he falls deep into a beautiful daydream.  There, he saw himself being in love with a lovely woman. At the video’s finale, several women are seen coming to visit the singer. The clip became available for viewing on CMT, The Nashville Network, and Great American Country.

“Angel in Disguise” was released as the final single on his album Don’t Make It Easy for Me on April 30, 1984. Conley also co-produced it with Nelson Larkin. The song topped both Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.

Listen to Conley’s“Angel in Disguise” below.

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Angel in Disguise, Don't Make it Easy for Me, Earl Thomas Conley, Randy Scruggs


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