Greetings from Asheville, where the good music is always on the turntable. Classic 45 time, and today, we remember one of the 18 number one hits that Earl Thomas Conley scored during the 1980’s. “Angel in Disguise” from 1984.
By the time of the single’s release, Earl had established himself as one of the top acts on country radio. In addition, he was also one of Nashville’s top songwriters. “Angel in Disguise” is one of the many memorable tracks that Earl penned, in this case, with Randy Scruggs. The story I’ve heard about this song, is that Earl got the idea, after hearing one of his security personnel tell how he had met his wife.
The song was one of several Earl Thomas Conley recorded during February 1983, in preparation for his next album, Don’t Make It Easy for Me. But it would be April 1984, when the song saw life as a single. It debuted in the April 27th chart on Radio and Records, and the May 5th chart of Billboard. Once on the radio and in retail, the song began a steady climb that would ultimately see it peak at #1 on Billboard, and peak at 2, for 3 weeks in Radio and Records.
“Angel in Disguise” became Earl’s 6th Billboard #1, his 4th consecutive. Additionally, it became his 10th top 10 hit. In addition, “Angel in Disguise was a history-making record, as well. When it hit #1, it became the 4th single from the Don’t Make It Easy for Me” album to top the chart. That was the first time in any genre that four singles from one album all hit #1.
Earl would continue to place singles at, or near the top of the charts, into the early 90’s, making him one of the top performing country artists of the 1980’s.
Are you a fan of Earl Thomas Conley? What do you remember about “Angel in Disguise”? As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome below.
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Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.