Personalities | Conway Twitty | Mainstream Country

(Vocals, 1933–93)

Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, Twitty took his stage name from Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. His first success was as a rock‘n’roller, topping the pop chart in 1958 with ‘It’s Only Make Believe’, and scoring a second gold single with ‘Lonely Blue Boy’ in 1960. His powerful vocals and sometimes risqué songs made him one of country music’s greatest hitmakers – with 40 chart-toppers, including five 1970s duets with Loretta Lynn. ‘Hello Darlin’’ (1970), his biggest country single, was his theme song.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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