Conway Twitty

Singer and Songwriter
Born Sep 1, 1933

Conway Twitty, born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, was an American country music artist. He also had success in early rock and roll, R&B, and pop music. He held the record for the most number one singles of any act with 40 No. 1 Billboard country hits until George Strait broke the record in 2006. From 1971–76, Twitty received a string of Country Music Association awards for duets with Loretta Lynn.… Read More

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1933 Birth Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point in Coahoma County in northwestern Mississippi. … Read More


1953 19 Years Old Twitty was married four times, to three different women. His first marriage lasted from 1953 to 1954 to Ellen Matthews. … Read More


1956 22 Years Old Twitty married Mickey in 1956 and had his three other children by her, Kathy, Joni Lee, and Jimmy Twitty. Mickey and Conway had married, divorced in early 1970, and were remarried again quietly by the end of 1970. By 1984, after 28 years of marriage on and off, the stress of her husband being away so often took its toll on Mickey, and she and Conway divorced. … Read More
1957 23 Years Old Accounts vary of how Harold Jenkins acquired his stage name of Conway Twitty. Allegedly, in 1957, Jenkins decided that his real name was not memorable enough and sought a better show business name. … Read More
1958 24 Years Old In 1958 using his new stage name, Conway Twitty's fortunes improved while he was with MGM Records, and an Ohio radio station had an inspiration, refraining from playing "I'll Try" (an MGM single that went nowhere in terms of sales, radio play, and jukebox play), instead playing the B-side, "It's Only Make Believe", a song written between sets by Twitty and drummer Jack Nance when they were in Hamilton, Ontario, playing at the Flamingo Lounge. … Read More


1965 31 Years Old Twitty always wanted to record country music and, beginning in 1965, he did just that. … Read More
1968 34 Years Old 1 More Event
However, he finally broke free with his first top five country hit, "The Image of Me", in July 1968, followed by his first number one country song, "Next in Line", in November 1968.
1970 36 Years Old In 1970, Twitty recorded and released his biggest country hit, "Hello Darlin'", which spent four weeks at the top of the country chart and is one of Twitty's most recognized songs.
1971 37 Years Old In 1971 he released his first hit duet with Loretta Lynn, "After the Fire Is Gone". … Read More
1973 39 Years Old In 1973, Twitty released "You've Never Been This Far Before", which was not only No. 1 in country for three weeks that September but also reached No. 22 on the pop charts. … Read More


1978 44 Years Old In 1978, Twitty issued the single "The Grandest Lady of Them All" honoring the Grand Ole Opry, but for the first time since 1967, a single of his failed to reach top ten status as some radio stations refused to play a song honoring the property of a competitor (broadcast by WSM-AM). … Read More
1982 48 Years Old …  He joined Elektra/Asylum in 1982. … Read More


1987 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Records through early 1987 but then went back to MCA to finish his career.
1990 56 Years Old In 2008, controversy again erupted in his family when the four remaining children sued Sony/ATV Music Publishing over an agreement that Twitty and his family signed in 1990. … Read More
1993 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 4, 1993, Twitty became ill while performing at the Jim Stafford Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and was in pain while he was on his tour bus. … Read More


1993 60 Years Old In 1993, shortly before he died, he recorded a new album, Final Touches. … Read More
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