“Holding Her and Loving You” is a song written by Walt Aldridge and Tom Brasfield. It was recorded by Earl Thomas Conley and released in 1983 as the lead single from his album “Don’t Make It Easy for Me”.
The song became a major hit for Conley, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and crossing over to the pop charts as well. The song’s lyrics describe the difficult choice between holding onto a past love while being with someone new, with lines such as “While holding her tonight / You’re holding me too / The times that I’ve been with you / I’ve loved you through and through.”
Earl Thomas Conley was known for his soulful voice and emotional delivery, and his performance of “Holding Her and Loving You” is a classic example of his style. While there may not be an official release of an expanded version of the song, Conley’s original recording remains a beloved classic in the world of country music, and its impact can still be felt today.
You can hear the emotions in his voice. I miss this type of country music.