Conway Twitty and Earl Thomas Conley were both literally on the move while “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” developed as Twitty’s 20th number one single and Conley’s first as a composer. Just prior to their big moment, Earl was working out of Huntsville, Alabama, while Conway had long been established in Norman, Oklahoma. Both became residents of Nashville within a year of each other.
Conley earned his first Top 20 record in 1975 when Mel Street recorded his song “Smokey Mountain Memories” on the small GRT label. Even before that, Earl had started working on “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me,” written about the marriage of his future producer Nelson Larkin.