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Conway Twitty (September 1, 1933 - June 5, 1993), born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, was one of the United States' most successful country music artists of the 20th century. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


He had the most singles (55) reach Number 1 on various national music charts. Most commonly thought of as a country music singer, he also enjoyed success in early Rock and Roll, R&B, and Pop music (among others).[citation needed] country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Biography

Birth Date

Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point, Mississippi. is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Friars Point is a town located in Coahoma County, Mississippi. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Jenkins was named by his great uncle after his favorite silent movie actor, Harold Lloyd. The Jenkins family moved to Helena, Arkansas (now known as Helena-West Helena, Arkansas) when Jenkins was 10 years of age, and it was in Helena that Jenkins put together his first singing group, the Phillips County Ramblers.[citation needed] This article is about the comedy film. ... Harold Clayton Lloyd (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American film actor and director, most famous for his silent comedies. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. ... Helena-West Helena is the county seat and largest city within Phillips County, Arkansas. ... Phillips County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ...


Two years later, he had his own local radio show every Saturday morning. Jenkins also practiced his second passion, baseball. He received an offer to play with the Philadelphia Phillies after high school, but he was drafted into the Army, which effectively put an end to that dream.[citation needed] Radio broadcasts have been a popular entertainment since the 1910s, though popularity has declined a little in some countries since television became widespread. ... This article is about the sport. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ...


Inspired By Elvis

After his discharge from the Army, Jenkins again pursued a music career. After hearing Elvis Presley's song, "Mystery Train", he began writing rock 'n' roll material. As a matter of course, he headed for the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and worked with Sam Phillips, owner and founder of Sun Studios, to get the "right" sound.[citation needed] A military discharge is given when a member of the armed forces is released from his or her obligation to serve. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Label of the fourth Sun Records Sun Records has been the name for four 20th century record labels. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... Sam Phillips, born Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – June 30, 2003), was a record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. ...


Source of Stage Name

Harry felt that his real name wasn't marketable, and he changed his show business name in 1957. (Harold Lloyd Jenkins would always remain his legal name, however). Looking at a road map, he spotted Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. Thus, he went with the professional name of "Conway Twitty".[citation needed] Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... A roadmap, originally a travel itinerary, is now used more often to designate a simplified policy, strategy or action plan. ... Conway is the largest city and county seat of Faulkner CountyGR6, Arkansas. ...


Alternatively, Jenkins met a Richmond, Va., man named W. Conway Twitty Jr. through Jenkins' manager in a New York City restaurant. The manager served in the army with the real Conway Twitty. Later, the manager suggested to Jenkins that he take the name as his stage name because it had a ring to it. The Richmond, Va., Conway Twitty subsequently recorded the song, "What's in a Name But Trouble," in the mid-1960s, lamenting the loss of his name to Jenkins. The flip side of the 45 RPM record was "The Purple Purple People Eater Eater."


First Successes

"It's Only Make Believe" was recorded in 1958 and became the first of nine Top 40 hits for Twitty, selling eight million copies.[1] The song was written by Conway and drummer, Jack Nance. Its Only Make Believe is the name of a song written by Jack Nance and Conway Twitty. ...


Rock Successes

Twitty's fortunes changed 1958, while he was with MGM Records. An Ohio radio station did not play "I'll Try", an MGM single that went basically nowhere in terms of sales, radio play, and jukebox play, instead playing the "B side" of the single. The B side was a song called "It's Only Make Believe". It was popular in Ohio, and was gradually becoming popular throughout the country, as well. Jan. ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1946. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A Zodiac jukebox A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media. ...


For a brief period in Twitty's career, some believed that he was Elvis Presley recording under a different name. This was largely the case with "It's Only Make Believe." The record took nearly one year in all to reach and stay at the top spot of the charts. The song went on to sell over 8 million records and to No. 1 on the Billboard pop music charts in the U.S. as well as No. 1 in 21 different nations. These are the #1 Hits of 1958: The Hot 100 Era officially began on Monday, August 4, 1958, which would be the week ending August 9. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


Twitty would go on to enjoy rock-n-roll success with a hard rock song like, "Danny Boy" and "Lonely Blue Boy". "Lonely Blue Boy" was originally titled "Danny" and was recorded by Presley for the film King Creole, which was never used in the film soundtrack. For the Scottish comedian, see Danny Bhoy. ... King Creole is a 1958 Elvis Presley film and soundtrack based on the 1952 Harold Robbins novel, A Stone for Danny Fisher. ...


Career In Country Music

Conway Twitty always wanted to record country music and in 1965 he did just that. His first few country albums were met with country DJs refusing to play them because he was well known as a rock-n-roll singer. He finally broke free with his first number one country song, "Next In Line" in 1968. Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1970, Conway recorded and released "Hello Darlin'". Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hello Darlin is an American country music song written and recorded by Conway Twitty. ...


In 1971 he released his first hit duet with Loretta Lynn, "After the Fire Is Gone". It was a success, and many more followed, including "Lead Me On" (1971), "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (1973), "As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone" (1974), "Feelins" (1975), "I Still Believe in Waltzes", "I Can't Love You Enough" and many others. Together, Conway and Loretta (as they were known in their act), won four consecutive Country Music Association awards for vocal duo (1972-75). Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1973, Twitty released "You've Never Been This Far Before", which was #1 for three weeks that September. Some disc jockeys refused to play the song because of its suggestive lyrics. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


In 1993, Twitty became ill while performing in Branson, Missouri, and was in pain while he was on the tour bus. He died of an abdominal aneurysm. Shortly before he died, he had recorded a new album, "Final Touches". A typical busy night on The Strip (Hwy 76) The Titanic Museum is shaped to look like the real Titanic and is a popular tourist attraction in Branson The Duttons performing their famous song where they all play each others violins at their theater in Branson Missouri Herkimer and Cecil...


Twitty's last chart appearance on the country charts was a duet with Anita Cochran, "I Want to Hear a Cheating Song" (2004). Twitty's voice was electronically created based on one of his hits from the 1980s. Anita Cochran (born February 6, 1967 in South Lyon, Michigan) is an American country music artist. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


Appearances in Other Media

On October, 2004 "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (sung by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn) appeared on the popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional country music station K-ROSE. For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... The soundtrack of the computer and video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which is set in 1992 at the West Coast state of San Andreas, required that the games radio stations reflect the music tastes of the time and area, in addition to covering current events in the...


On March 11, 2007, in the episode "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey", video clips of Conway Twitty's performances on Hee Haw featured in the animated-series Family Guy. is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... “Bill and Peter’s Bogus Journey” is a season five episode of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... For the EP from the musical band Birthday Party, see Hee Haw (EP). ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ...


On November 25, 2007, in the episode "Peter's Daughter", a video clip of Conway Twitty's performance on Hee Haw featured in the animated-series Family Guy. is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Peters Daughter is a season 6 episode of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... For the EP from the musical band Birthday Party, see Hee Haw (EP). ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ...


Covers

While Twitty has been known to cover songs – most notably "Slow Hand" which was a major pop hit for the Pointer Sisters – his own songs have not been covered that often. However, three notable covers include George Jones' rendition of "Hello Darlin", Blake Shelton's "Goodbye Time", and Elvis Presley's version of "There's A Honky Tonk Angel". Slow Hand is a country-styled pop ballad by the Pointer Sisters, released in the spring of 1981 on the Planet Records label. ... For other persons named George Jones, see George Jones (disambiguation). ... Blake Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music singer. ... Goodbye Time is a single by American country music singer Conway Twitty that reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ...


Awards

Twitty never won a solo CMA award. By the end of his tenure at MCA in 1981, he had accumulated 32 No. 1 hits, while another 15 had reached the Top 5. He moved to Warner Bros. Records in 1982, where he had another 11 No. 1 hits. By 1987, Twitty was back at MCA where he continued to score top 10 hits until 1991. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Warner Bros. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Conway Twitty was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and his pioneering contribution has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, as well. This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... This article is about the year. ... The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ...


In 2003, Twitty was ranked #8 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ... The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music is a three hour television special held in 2003 by CMT. The special counted down the men who have made the greatest contribution to the genre, as well as leaving behind the greatest impact. ...


Private Life

Marriages

Twitty married three times. After his death, his widow, Dee Henry Jenkins, and his four grown children from the previous marriages, Michael, Joni, Kathy and Jimmy Jenkins engaged in a public dispute over the estate. His will had not been updated to account for the third marriage, but Tennessee law reserves one third of any estate to the widow. A public auction of much property and memorabilia was held due to the fact that the widow refused to accept the appraised value so therefore she demanded that everything be sold so she could get a higher amount.


Twitty City

Twitty lived for many years in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City. Its lavish displays of Christmas lights were a famous local sight. It has since been sold to the Trinity Broadcasting Network and converted to a Christian music venue in 1994. Hendersonville is a large town in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA, on Old Hickory Lake. ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... Twitty City was an entertainment complex in Hendersonville, Tennessee. ... The Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian religious television network in the world and is headquartered near Los Angeles in Costa Mesa, California with studios near Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Irving, Texas and near Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


He used to live in a house on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN. The house is at the end of a peninsula and has a pink roof.


Death

Conway Twitty died June 5, 1993 in Springfield Missouri at Cox South Hospital from an abdominal aneurysm. is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The abdomen (from the Latin word meaning belly) is the part of the body between the pelvis and the thorax. ... Post surgical photo of brain aneurysm survivor. ...


Discography

1950s

  • 1958 Conway Twitty Sings
  • 1959 Saturday Night with Conway Twitty

1960s

  • 1960 Lonely Blue Boy
  • 1961 The Conway Twitty Touch
  • 1961 The Rock & Roll Story
  • 1962 Portrait of a Fool and Others
  • 1964 Hit the Road
  • 1965 Conway Twitty Sings
  • 1965 It's Only Make Believe
  • 1966 to My Teardrops
  • 1968 Here's Conway Twitty and His Lonely Blue Boys
  • 1968 Next in Line
  • 1969 Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie
  • 1969 I Love You More Today
  • 1969 You Can't Take Country Out of Conway

1970s

  • 1970 Hello Darlin'
  • 1970 To See My Angel Cry/That's When She Started To Stop Loving You
  • 1971 How Much More Can She Stand
  • 1971 I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving
  • 1971 Lead Me On
  • 1971 We Only Make Believe
  • 1972 Conway Twitty Sings the Blues
  • 1972 Conway Twitty
  • 1972 I Can't See Me without You
  • 1972 Shake It Up
  • 1973 Clinging to a Saving Hand
  • 1973 I Can't Stop Loving You/(Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date
  • 1973 She Needs Someone to Hold Her
  • 1973 Steal Away
  • 1973 Who Will Pray for Me
  • 1973 You've Never Been This Far Before
  • 1974 Country Partners
  • 1974 Honky Tonk Angel
  • 1974 I'm Not Through Loving You Yet
  • 1974 Never Ending Song of Love
  • 1975 Feelins'
  • 1975 High Priest of Country Music
  • 1975 Linda on My Mind
  • 1975 Star Spangled Songs
  • 1975 This Time I've Hurt Her More
  • 1976 Now and Then
  • 1976 Twitty
  • 1976 United Talent
  • 1977 Dynamic Duo
  • 1977 I've Already Loved You in My Mind
  • 1977 Play, Guitar Play
  • 1978 Conway Twitty Country
  • 1978 Conway
  • 1978 Georgia Keeps Pulling On My Ring
  • 1978 Honky Tonk Heroes
  • 1979 Country Rock
  • 1979 Cross Winds

1980s

  • 1980 Diamond Duet
  • 1980 Heart & Soul
  • 1980 Rest Your Love on Me
  • 1981 Mr. T
  • 1981 Two's a Party
  • 1982 Dream Maker
  • 1982 Number Ones
  • 1982 Southern Comfort
  • 1983 Conway's #1 Classics, Vol. 2
  • 1983 Lost in the Feeling
  • 1983 Merry Twismas
  • 1984 By Heart
  • 1984 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
  • 1985 Chasin' Rainbows
  • 1985 Don't Call Him a Cowboy
  • 1986 A Night with Conway Twitty
  • 1986 Fallin' for You for Years
  • 1987 Borderline
  • 1988 Making Believe
  • 1988 Still in Your Dreams
  • 1989 House on Old Lonesome Road

1990s

  • 1990 Crazy in Love
  • 1991 #1's, Vol. 2
  • 1991 #1's, Vol. 1
  • 1991 Even Now
  • 1992 Country Gospel Greats
  • 1993 Final Touches
  • 1995 Sings Songs of Love
  • 1996 Crazy Dreams

2000s

  • 2002 Road That I Walk

Footnotes

  1. ^ The Hamilton Spectator Newspaper- Souvenir Edition page MP44 (Saturday June 10, 2006). The Hamilton Memory Project;. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-01-29.

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References

  • Oermann, Robert K. (1998). "Conway Twitty". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 553-4.

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NAME Twitty, Conway
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Jenkins, Harold Lloyd
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer and songwriter
DATE OF BIRTH September 1, 1933
PLACE OF BIRTH Friars Point, Mississippi
DATE OF DEATH June 5, 1993
PLACE OF DEATH Missouri

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