Singer Conway Twitty
birth name: Harold Lloyd Jenkins

Conway Twitty

September 1, 1933, Friar's Point, MS ~ June 5, 1993, Branson, MO

From Sun Studios in Memphis and the infancy of rock and roll to the top of the country charts and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Conway built an astounding musical legacy that spanned five decades. The truest assessment of that legacy will never make it onto history's pages, however, because it is written on the hearts of everyone he knew and everyone who knew him through his music. This is Conway Twitty. ~ Conway Twitty ~ retrieved July 29, 2013 ©

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September 1, 1962 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Neil Sedaka, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do ~ #2 (1) Little Eva, The Loco-Motion ~ #1 (2) Neil Sedaka, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


Originally a '50s rock & roll singer, Conway Twitty became the reigning country superstar of the '70s and '80s, racking up a record 40 number one hits over the course of two decades. With his deep, resonant down-home voice, Twitty was one of the smoothest balladeers to work in Nashville during the country-pop era, but he was also one of the most adventurous. More than any other singer, he was responsible for selling country as anadultmusic, slipping sexually suggestive lyrics into his lush productions, yet never singing misogynist lyrics - by and large, his songs were sensitive and sensual, which is part of the reason why he achieved such a large success. Once Twitty reached the top of the country charts in the late '60s, he stayed there for years on end, releasing a consistent stream of Top Ten hits that both defined and expanded the limitations of country-pop by adding subtle R&B, pop, and rock & roll influences. Though he had some pop success, Twitty remained country to the core - occasionally, his song titles were simply too corny - which was why he retained his popularity until his death in 1993. ~ Allmusic: Conway Twitty ~ retrieved July 17, 2013 © Allmusic

Conway Twitty ~ Inducted in the 1999 Country Music Hall Of Fame ~ During his lifetime, Conway Twitty had more #1 country records than any artist in history, his stardom having endured through five decades of changing fashions. He was also one of country music’s most diverse stylists and a major songwriting talent; eleven of his #1 hits were self-penned. ~ 1999 © Country Music Hall Of Fame

In 2012, two Conway Twitty albums, and one collaboration album, made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time ~ #428 Hello Darling (1970) ~ #236 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, It's Only Make Believe (1971) ~ #54 Saturday Night With Conway Twitty (1959)

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