Con Hunley

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Con Hunley
Birth nameConard Logan Hunley
Born (1945-04-09) April 9, 1945 (age 76)
OriginKnoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1976–present

Conard Logan Hunley (born April 9, 1945)[1] is an American country music singer.

Life and career[edit]

Hunley was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. After graduating from Central High School in Knoxville, Hunley began playing with local bands, maturing musically and gaining his first fans. Hunley joined the Air Force in 1965,[1] and spent most of his service on a military base in Illinois, teaching aircraft mechanics. He played music in area clubs whenever possible.[1]

After his tour of duty was finished Hunley returned to Knoxville and began performing weekly at a local nightclub (a dive called, "The Corner Lounge"), where he met businessman Sam Kirkpatrick, who formed the independent label Prairie Dust Records to showcase Hunley's talents.[1] After some minor success on the country music chart, Hunley caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records, who signed him in 1978.[1] Hunley recorded five albums with Warner Bros., released several singles on MCA Records and Capitol Records, and achieved more than 20 charted hits, including "Weekend Friend", "No Relief In Sight", and "Oh Girl".[1] He toured throughout the U.S., playing large venues around the country with other musical acts, including Alabama, the Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin, George Jones and Tammy Wynette. In 1986 Hunley had his final chart appearance with "Quittin' Time".[1]

Hunley recorded no new music for over a decade after his last release for Capitol Records.[1] Hunley's long recording hiatus ended after signing with IMMI Records in 2004. He teamed again producer Norro Wilson, the architect of several of his early Warner Brothers hits, and added his first new recorded product in twenty years, Sweet Memories, to his catalog. The album was selected by as one of the top 10 albums of 2004.

In early 2006, IMMI Records released Shoot from the Heart, another collaboration by Hunley and Norro Wilson. Hunley co-wrote two of the songs with songwriters Kim Williams and Larry Shell.

Hunley participates in celebrity golf tournaments around the country, and hosts one of his own each year in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, which has raised over a million dollars for charities benefiting underprivileged children.



Year Album US Country Label
1979 No Limit 34 Warner Bros.
1980 I Don't Want to Lose You 29
Don't It Break Your Heart 51
1981 Ask Any Woman 59
1982 Oh Girl 56
2004 Sweet Memories IMMI
2005 The First Time: From Studio B
2006 Shoot from the Heart
2011 Lost and Found: The MCA/Capitol Years


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1976 "Misery Loves Company" Singles only
"Loving You Is a Habit I Can't Break"
1977 "Pick Up the Pieces" 96
"I'll Always Remember That Song" 75
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" 67
1978 "Cry Cry Darling" 34 33
"Week-End Friend" 13 28 No Limit
"You've Still Got a Place in My Heart" 14 20
1979 "I've Been Waiting for You All of My Life" 14 16
"Since I Fell for You" 20 42
"I Don't Want to Lose You" 20 I Don't Want to Lose You
1980 "You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me" 19 19
"They Never Lost You" 19 Don't It Break Your Heart
"What's New with You" 11
1981 "She's Steppin' Out" 17 Ask Any Woman
1982 "No Relief in Sight" 20 44
"Oh Girl" 12 26 Oh Girl
"Confidential" 43
1983 "Once You Get the Feel of It" 42 Singles only
"Satisfied Mind" 84
1984 "Deep in the Arms of Texas" 75
"All American Country Boy" 57
1985 "I'd Rather Be Crazy" 54
"Nobody Ever Gets Enough Love" 49
"What Am I Gonna Do About You" 48
1986 "Blue Suede Blues" 49
"Quittin' Time" 55
2004 "Still" Sweet Memories
2005 "Only Time Will Tell"
"She Ain't You"
"Sweet Memories"
2006 "I Can't Make It Alone" Shoot from the Heart
"That Old Clock (Just Keeps on Tickin')"
"I Can See You With My Eyes Closed"
2007 "Hollow Man"
"The Keys"
2010 "Victims of the System" Single only


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Country Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 195. ISBN 0-85112-726-6.

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