Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty ( born September 1, 1933 as Harold Jenkins in Friars Point, Mississippi, † June 5, 1993 in Springfield ( Missouri)) was an American rock and roll and country music singer.


Twitty was born Harold Jenkins in 1933 in the small town of Friars Point, Mississippi. When he was ten years old, his family moved to Helena, Arkansas. There he presented his first band, the Phillips County Ramblers together. Two years later he had his own show every Saturday morning on local radio. During his time in Arkansas, he also frequently played baseball and got after his high school time an offer of the Philadelphia Phillies, but he turned down. Instead, he went to the army.

After his discharge from the military itself Twitty concentrated on his music career. By Elvis Presley's Mystery Train inspired, he began writing rock and roll pieces and went to Sun Records in Memphis, where he worked with artists such as Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many others. In 1957 he took on the stage name of Conway Twitty, composed of the names of two cities in Arkansas or Texas.

Twitty had his first success with It's Only Make Believe, a teen ballad, which he recorded in 1958 for MGM. Eight years and three gold records later, he began his country career, and the beginning of the 70s he had four number - one hits, including Hello Darlin.

1971, Twitty, entitled After the Fire Is Gone his first duet hit with Loretta Lynn. This was followed in the same year Lead Me On, two years later, Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man and 1974 As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone. Together won Lynn and Twitty 1972-1975 four times the CMA Award in the category Duo, a price that Twitty was denied in his solo career. Nevertheless, he was able in 1981, at the end of his contract with MCA, look back on 32 number - one hits and another 15 hit parade quotations among the top five.

Twitty died in 1993 at the age of 59 years at an abdominal aneurysm. Shortly before his death, he had a new album, Final Touches recorded. 1999 Twitty was added posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was honored by the Academy of Country Music with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award.

In the American animated television series Family Guy every now and then music videos from Conway Twitty are shown.