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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He had written It’s Only Make Believe with his drummer {artit jack-nance} in-between sets at the Flamingo Lounge, Toronto, and he recorded it for MGM with the Jordanaires. Memorable for its croaky vocal and huge crescendo, the record became a transatlantic number 1, and subsequent UK Top 10 versions of It’s Only Make Believe appeared by {artist billy-fury} (1964), Glen Campbell (1970) and Child (1978). Twitty’s record sounded much like an Elvis Presley parody, so it was ironic that Peter Sellers should lampoon him as Twit Conway and that he became the model for Conrad Birdie in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. Twitty, unwisely but understandably, followed It’s Only Make Believe with more of the same in The Story Of My Love’, while the b-side, the harsh and sexy Make Me Know You’re Mine, remains one of the ‘great unknowns’. ~ Conway Twitty ~ retrieved July 17, 2013 ©>

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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