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Twitty, Conway - Rock & Roll (2-CD) CD 1
01 Long Black Train
02 Just Because
03 Hey Miss Baby
04 She S Mine
05 Treat Me Nice
06 Lonely Blue Boy
07 Trouble In Mind
08 Heartbreak Hotel
09 Make Me Know You Re Mine
10 You Win Again
11 Don T You Know
12 I Vibrate
13 A Huggin And Kissin
14 Hey Little Lucy
15 Beachcomber
16 Platinum High School
Twitty, Conway - Rock & Roll (2-CD) CD 2
01 It'S Only Make Believe
02 Sentimental Journey
03 Comfyn Cosy
04 Live Fast Love Hard Die Young
05 Restless
06 Mona Lisa
07 I Ll Try
08 The Story Of My Life
09 Whole Lotta Shakin Going On
10 Blue Suede Shoes
11 Shake Rattle And Roll
12 Sweet Georgia Brown
13 Blueberry Hill
14 Jailhouse Rock
15 Great Balls Of Fire
16 Reelin And Rockin
Conway Twitty During Conway Twitty’s last years, he had good reason to reflect that... more
"Conway Twitty"

Conway Twitty

During Conway Twitty’s last years, he had good reason to reflect that country music was starting to take on much of the character of rock ‘n’ roll as he remembered it. New faces, impossibly young and good-looking, coming and going so quickly. It was so like rock ‘n’ roll in the Fifties. Twitty probably knew that--in all likelihood--there would never be another career like his. His story spanned almost thirty years in the country charts, and another five years in the pop charts before that. All told, there were five decades in which a Conway Twitty record was somewhere in the charts. It was an epic career with all the ingredients of the movie that will probably be made.

Conway Twitty’s greatest gift was his intuitive understanding of his audience. When rock ‘n’ roll changed in the mid-1960s, he realized that neither he nor his fans were listening to it any more, so he switched to country music. Country spoke to him and his audience in a way that rock didn’t. As a country singer, he wrote songs and searched out songs that addressed everyday highs and lows. He followed a generation as it made its often awkward way into and through adulthood. Whether rockin’ on Bandstand or croonin’ in Branson, Conway Twitty always knew what his audience wanted. He didn’t need market surveys, media consultants, or spin doctors. He just knew.


BIG RIVER

Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins in Friars Point, Mississippi, on September 1, 1933, the oldest son of Floyd and Velma Jenkins. Velma named Harold for the bespectacled slapstick comedy star of the silent movies. Friars Point is a small town on the Mississippi, 75 miles south of Memphis. Five hundred people lived there then. In later years, Twitty liked to draw a parallel between himself and Huckleberry Finn, but the fact remains that Twitty was a child of the Depression. Floyd worked when and where he could, and was often away from home at WPA camps. He was part of the crew that built the dam at Sardis, Mississippi, and when Velma went there to live with him, she left young Harold with her mother. Grandma McGinnis worked at Pa Fuller’s boarding house, and it was Pa Fuller who gave Twitty his first guitar. When Twitty was eight, Floyd and Velma came back to Friars Point, and Floyd got a job on one of the ferry boats that crossed the river. Two years later, in 1943, the family moved over to the Arkansas side and settled in Helena.

Music was everywhere in that part of the Delta; it came from the Grand Ole Opry, local radio, tent shows, socials, church, street musicians, and almost every front porch. It was part of the fabric of life. “The only music we ever heard was country music,” Twitty said later. “We’d all get together on Saturday night at my grandma’s house and listen to the Grand Ole Opry. I didn’t know there was another station.” When Twitty began to pick and sing, the Opry stars were his early idols. Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Robert Lunn 'The Talking Blues Boy,' Eddy Arnold...they all left their mark. In 1976, he recorded a tribute to the Opry, The Grandest Lady Of Them All, although sentimentality never led him to seek membership because that would have meant giving up the most lucrative night of the week in exchange for the Opry’s pittance...

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Tracklist
Twitty, Conway - Rock & Roll (2-CD) CD 1
01 Long Black Train
02 Just Because
03 Hey Miss Baby
04 She S Mine
05 Treat Me Nice
06 Lonely Blue Boy
07 Trouble In Mind
08 Heartbreak Hotel
09 Make Me Know You Re Mine
10 You Win Again
11 Don T You Know
12 I Vibrate
13 A Huggin And Kissin
14 Hey Little Lucy
15 Beachcomber
16 Platinum High School
Twitty, Conway - Rock & Roll (2-CD) CD 2
01 It'S Only Make Believe
02 Sentimental Journey
03 Comfyn Cosy
04 Live Fast Love Hard Die Young
05 Restless
06 Mona Lisa
07 I Ll Try
08 The Story Of My Life
09 Whole Lotta Shakin Going On
10 Blue Suede Shoes
11 Shake Rattle And Roll
12 Sweet Georgia Brown
13 Blueberry Hill
14 Jailhouse Rock
15 Great Balls Of Fire
16 Reelin And Rockin