October 12

The Great Collaboration of Emmylou Harris and Earl Thomas Conley

Forgiveness is the answer to all misunderstandings. Moreover, healthy communication is needed for a relationship to work out. That is what “We Believe in Happy Endings” is tryin’ to point out.

The song tells a story of two lovers who went into a heated argument about something and did not talk to each other for a while. They finally break the silence and forgive each other because they knew that if they don’t speak for a long time, things are not going to be resolved. They believe that nothing will break them apart, especially a petty argument.

Johnny Rodriguez

“We Believe in Happy Endings” is a song penned by Bob McDill in 1978. It was first recorded by Johnny Rodriguez for his album Just For You. Rodriguez made the song reach No. 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In addition, the song was able to secure a spot on the Canadian chart. His album Just For You placed at No. 35 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris’ version

After Rodriguez’s recording, no other artists attempted to record the song. However, in 1988, which is more than ten years after Rodriguez’s recording, two country singers collaborated to record the song. Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris teamed up to record “We Believe in Happy Endings” for Conley’s album The Heart of It All. Conley earned his 16th No. 1 song on the chart with this song. Moreover, the song also entered the Canadian chart. His album, The Heart of It All, reached No. 33 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

The Heart of it All Album

The album scored five singles on the Billboard chart, of the five singles four songs reached No. 1. “What She Is (Is a Woman in Love)” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

“We Believe in Happy Endings,” a duet with Harris placed at No. 1 too. “What I’d Say” and “Love Out Loud” both secured the No. 1 spot on the Country chart in 1988 and 1989 respectively. “You Must Not Be Drinking Enough” reached No. 26 on the Country chart.

Folks, here is one of the best duets in country music, by Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris. Enjoy!

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Earl Thomas Conley, Emmylou Harris, we believe in happy endings

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