Unveiling the Tale Behind Conway Twitty’s Hit Song “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me”
Embark on a journey into the roots of Conway Twitty‘s iconic track, “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me,” penned by Earl Thomas Conley and Mary Larkin. As this masterpiece evolved, both Twitty and Conley found themselves on different paths, with Earl based in Huntsville, Alabama, and Conway in Norman, Oklahoma, before converging in Nashville.
The song’s genesis lies in a unique connection to Conley’s future producer, Nelson Larkin. Inspired by Larkin’s marriage, Mary conceptualized the song, handing it over to Conley. After a couple of years refining the lyrics, Conley, who had relocated to Nashville, felt he had finally cracked the code of “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me.”
Earl, not yet fully at ease in the studio, recorded a demo, or “spec track,” and sought Conway Twitty’s opinion. Twitty, captivated by Conley’s vocal prowess on the demo, expressed his admiration for the song. Although Twitty endeavored to secure Conley a recording deal, the efforts yielded minimal results.
Nevertheless, Conway Twitty went on to record the song with background vocals by L. E. White and Carol Lee Cooper. Released on December 6, 1975, it swiftly ascended to the top of Billboard’s country chart on January 31, 1976, marking Twitty’s first chart-topper since his move to Nashville and providing Conley with crucial support for the next couple of years.
Conway’s early recognition of Earl’s singing talent proved prophetic as Conley’s career blossomed, amassing an impressive 26 Billboard Top Ten singles, including 16 consecutive number ones, making him one of the most successful country artists of the 1980s, even surpassing his friend Conway Twitty in chart dominance during that decade.
Artist :Conway Twitty