Blake Shelton announced on Twitter that his "all-time musical hero" Earl Thomas Conley passed away at the age of 77.
Earl's brother confirmed that he died on April 10 after suffering from a dementia-like condition. During his career, Earl released five Top 10 albums and recorded duets with Emmylou Harris and Keith Whitley. Blake Shelton has said that his career highlight was co-writing "All Over Me" with Earl. "I got up extra early that morning so I would be awake and alert," Blake said in a 2002 interview. "I was so nervous I must have drank two pots of coffee. So when I got to his house, the first thing I did after meeting him was ask if I could use his bathroom. When I got in there, the only thing I could think of was, 'I'm using Earl Thomas Conley's toilet.'"