John Rich tweeted, "So sad to hear #EarlThomasConley passed away today. He was a huge influence on my style and songwriting. I studied his records like text books and could play every note of every song. Truly one of the all time greats in country music. #RipEarlThomasConley"
Terri Clark tweeted, "I grew up being obsessed with country music in the early - mid 80s. This guy was one of the best. You will be missed Earl Thomas Conley. #RIPETC"
Charlie Daniels tweeted, "A great country singer passes today, Earl Thomas Conley rest in peace."
Chris Young tweeted, "RIP Earl Thomas Conley... sad day for country music"
A source told The Tennessean that Conley did not want a funeral, and his body was donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.