Conway Twitty
American singer and songwriter
Conway Twitty
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.
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Open Book: Shelter, by Frances Greenslade - National Post (blog)
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Much of their definition comes from taste in music and other social signifiers — whether or not you like Conway Twitty, Supertramp or Tony Orlando and Dawn has great weight in this novel. If you drive a Ford Pinto and wear a sea green leisure suit
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Tillis and Morgan to share songs and stories - Topeka Capital Journal
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Tillis has earned Female Vocalist of the Year honors from the Country Music Association and a Grammy Award, and as a songwriter has written songs recorded by artists as varied as Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Highway 101, Juice Newton and Conway Twitty
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Band members share a love for music - Longview News-Journal
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Later in life, his influences included Conway Twitty, George Jones, EMrle Haggard, George Strait, Vern Gosdin and Vince Gill. Jason Springer of Ashdown, Ark., and his wife Candy have three teenage boys. Billy Templeton and his wife Sandy live in Bright
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RIP Jerry Leiber: half of one of rock's greatest songwriting teams - Los Angeles Times
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“Hound Dog” alone has been recorded by more than 250 different acts, from the original R&B hit version by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton to Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Burl Ives, Conway Twitty, Macy Gray, Rockin' Dopsie
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Wildcats' new hire is a coup - StandardNet
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He could convince Conway Twitty to play for Heavy Metal U. He could convince a fish to play for Dry Land State. He could convince a kitten to play for Doberman Tech. Not long ago, McBride recruited a former Idaho State Bengal to help him coach the
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For Fans of Robert Ellis, Vivid Contrasts in a Stylish CD
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Robert Ellis is running his thumbs over the case of his new CD, ''Photographs.'' Ornately framed vintage pictures of his parents adorn the cover, and the 22-year-old from Houston is trying to demonstrate that each frame is finely embossed. Mr. Ellis is particularly proud of the ultraviolet ink that makes what would be the glass parts of the frames
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For Fans of Robert Ellis, Vivid Contrasts in a Stylish CD - New York Times
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The band would add as many as 10 new songs a week to their repertory of classic (and often obscure) country songs from the likes of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Ray Price. “It was trial by fire,” Mr. Ellis said of the popular series,
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Getting personal with Jamie Campbell - Beloit Daily News
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I like Conway Twitty and the classics, but if you play too much old stuff, they start leaving. If you play all the upbeat stuff on the radio right now, you keep those people there dancing and happy.” BDN: So who do you like to listen to?
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Early Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard + Patsy Cline Recordings ... - Taste of Country
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Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, along with the late Conway Twitty and Patsy Cline, are now a part of the Hickory Vintage Masterpiece series for Sony/ATV. The series culls material from Hickory Records, a significant country music label
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Oklahoma band Hillbilly Vegas scores unexpected success - NewsOK.com
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He has even shared the stage with Conway Twitty's pants. “You ever seen the movie 'The Rookie?' OK, that's me,” Harris, 44, said, referring to the fact-based 2002 film about an aging baseball player who gets a second chance at the pros
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Annual Threshers Reunion features family-style fun - Lexington Dispatch
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Michael Twitty, son of acclaimed county music singer Conway Twitty, will perform with his son, Tre, a "Memories of Conway" set, she said. Conway Twitty had 55 No. 1 hits over the course of his roughly 25-year career. Perhaps his most famous single,
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Cracker Barrel Offers Grand Ole Opry CDs - Mediapost.com
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A three-CD "Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection" includes separates CDs featuring Duets (examples: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner); Outlaws (examples: Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings) and Classics (examples: Patsy
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A Father's Road Map for Life - Patch.com
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Our six-week adventure would take us to such national oddities as the Corn Palace in South Dakota and a country radio broadcast with Conway Twitty, to natural treasures like Yellowstone National Park, with a layover in Davenport, Iowa, for a quick fix
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Conway Twitty
    FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 59
    Twitty married four times (twice to Mickey). His widow in 1993, Delores "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.
    More Details Hide Details Twitty's will had not been updated to account for the fourth marriage, but Tennessee law reserves one third of any estate to the widow. After years of probate, the four children received the rights to Twitty's music, name and image. The rest of the estate went to public auction, where much of the property and memorabilia was sold after his widow rejected the appraised value.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. He was rushed into surgery, but died in Springfield, Missouri, at Cox South Hospital, in early hours of the morning the next day, from an abdominal aortic aneurysm, aged 59, two months before the release of what would be his final studio album, Final Touches. Four months after Twitty's death, George Jones included a cover of "Hello Darlin'" on his album High-Tech Redneck. Twitty was buried at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Gallatin, Tennessee, in a red granite vault, under the name "Harold L. Jenkins". There is space reserved next to him for his wife and son Michael. Since his death, Twitty's son Michael and grandson Tre have been carrying on his musical legacy. His most recent chart appearance on the country charts was a duet with Anita Cochran, "I Want to Hear a Cheating Song" (2004), which was made possible by splicing Twitty's vocal from old recordings and even interviews, recorded over the years. As a result, Twitty's isolated vocal track transferred to a digital multi-track and digitally re-assembled into the new performance. Similar to the electronic duets of Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, Hank Williams and Hank Williams, Jr. or Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, Cochran added her vocal to the already-produced backing tracks along with Twitty's reconstructed vocal.
  • 1990
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The suit alleged that the terms of the agreement were not fully understood by the children, although they were all adults at the time. It sought to recover copyrights and royalty revenue that the document assigned to the company. Academy of Country Music Country Music Association Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame Grammy Awards Rockabilly Hall of Fame Twitty was known to cover songs - most notably "Slow Hand" which was a major pop hit for the Pointer Sisters, "Rest Your Love on Me" which was a Top 40 country hit for the Bee Gees, "The Rose" which was a major pop hit for Bette Midler, and "Heartache Tonight" which was a major pop hit for The Eagles; Twitty's songs have also been covered numerous times, including four notable covers, George Jones' rendition of "Hello Darlin", Blake Shelton's "Goodbye Time", The Misfits and Glen Campbell versions of "It's Only Make Believe" and Elvis Presley's version of "There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)". In addition, Kenny Chesney's version of "I'd Love to Lay You Down" was sung and received some airplay, mostly in the concert realm.
  • 1987
    Age 53
    In 1987, Twitty married his 36-year-old office secretary, Delores "Dee" Henry.
    More Details Hide Details They were married until Twitty's death. In 1981, Twitty was exiting his tour bus when he slipped on the steps and fell, hitting his head against the steps. John Hughey, who was Twitty's steel guitar player, found him on the ground. Many people, including family members, said that Twitty suffered an extreme change in personality after the accident. According to daughter Joni, Twitty was not in a right state of mind for several months, saying in an interview that he had picked up a TV remote and began talking into it thinking it was a phone.
    Records through early 1987 but then went back to MCA to finish his career.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1982
    Age 48
    He joined Elektra/Asylum in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details That label merged with its parent company, Warner Bros. Records in 1983. He stayed with Warner Bros.
  • 1978
    Age 44
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, the single reached the top 20, peaking at No. 16 but it was well below expectations, and this set in motion the changes that were to take place in his career, including a new hairstyle, changing from the slicked-back pompadour style to the curlier style he would keep the rest of his life. However, Twitty's popularity and momentum were unaffected by the song as his next 23 consecutive singles all made it into the top 10, with 13 peaking at No. 1, including "Don't Take It Away", "I May Never Get to Heaven", "Happy Birthday Darlin'" and remakes of major pop hits such as "The Rose" and "Slow Hand". In 1985, going by all weekly music trade charts, the song "Don't Call Him a Cowboy" became the 50th single of his career to achieve a No. 1 ranking. He would have five more through 1990, giving him a total of 55 No. 1 hits. George Strait eclipsed the feat of 50 No. 1 hits in 2002 with his single "She'll Leave You With a Smile" and then reached No. 1 for the 56th time in 2007 when the single "Wrapped" hit the top on the Media Base 24/7 list.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Some more conservative disc jockeys refused to play the song, believing that some of the lyrics were too sexually suggestive.
  • 1971
    Age 37
    In 1971 he released his first hit duet with Loretta Lynn, "After the Fire Is Gone".
    More Details Hide Details 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) and a host of other duo and duet awards from other organizations throughout the 1970s.
  • 1970
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 34
    Few of his singles beginning in 1968 ranked below the top five.
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    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 31
    Twitty always wanted to record country music and, beginning in 1965, he did just that.
    More Details Hide Details His first few country albums were met with some country DJ's refusing to play them because he was known as a rock 'n' roll singer.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The record took nearly one year to reach and stay at the top spot on the Billboard pop music charts in the US, as well as No. 1 in 21 other countries, becoming the first of nine top 40 hits for Twitty. It sold over four million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. That same year, country singer Tabby West of ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee heard Twitty and booked him to appear on the show. When "It's Only Make Believe" was first released, because of voice similarities, many listeners assumed that the song was actually recorded by Elvis Presley, using "Conway Twitty" as a pseudonym. Twitty would go on to enjoy rock and roll success with songs including "Danny Boy" (Pop No. 10) and "Lonely Blue Boy" (Pop No. 6). "Lonely Blue Boy", originally titled "Danny", was recorded by Presley for the film King Creole but was not used in the soundtrack. This song led to him naming his band the Lonely Blue Boys, although they subsequently became the Twitty Birds.
  • 1957
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In The Billboard Book of Number One Hits Fred Bronson states that the singer was looking at a road map when he spotted Conway, Arkansas, and Twitty, Texas, and chose the name Conway Twitty. Another account says that Jenkins met a Richmond, Virginia, man named W. Conway Twitty Jr. through Jenkins' manager in a New York City restaurant. The manager served in the US 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. In the mid-1960s, W. Conway Twitty subsequently recorded the song "What's in a Name but Trouble", lamenting the loss of his name to Harold Jenkins.
  • 1956
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Some believe that the divorce was brought on by the fact that Twitty City was an open tourist complex, and that Mickey felt very uncomfortable with the fans around the mansion.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 19
    Twitty was married four times, to three different women. His first marriage lasted from 1953 to 1954 to Ellen Matthews.
    More Details Hide Details He had married because Ellen was pregnant with his son, Michael. His second marriage, and longest, was to his wife Temple "Mickey" Medley.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point in Coahoma County in northwestern Mississippi.
    More Details Hide Details He was named by his great uncle, after his favorite silent movie actor, Harold Lloyd. The Jenkins family moved to Helena, Arkansas, when Harold was ten years old. In Helena, Harold formed his first singing group, the Phillips County Ramblers. Two years later, Harold had his own local radio show every Saturday morning. He also played baseball, his second passion. He received an offer to play with the Philadelphia Phillies after high school (Smiths Station High School), but he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Far East and organized a group called The Cimmerons to entertain fellow GIs. Wayne Hause, a neighbor, suggested that Harold could make it in the music industry. Soon after hearing Elvis Presley's song "Mystery Train", Harold began writing rock and roll material. He went to the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and worked with Sam Phillips, the owner and founder, to get the "right" sound.
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