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Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins in Friars Point, Mississippi, on September 1, 1933. He was named for the bespectacled slapstick silent movie star. Friars Point is a small town on the Mississippi River, 75 miles south of Memphis. In later years, he liked to draw a parallel between himself on the banks of the big river and Huckleberry Finn, but he was a child of the Depression. Harold's father worked when and where he could, and was often away from home at Depression-era make-work camps. In 1943, the family moved over to the Arkansas side and settled in Helena.

 

Around 1945 or 1946, Harold Jenkins and steel guitarist John Hughey assembled a band called the Phillips County Ramblers. They played stone hillbilly music, just as it was played in schoolhouses, bars, and on tiny radio stations across the mid-South. "I don't recall that I ever made any money with it," Hughey said later, "but we kept it going until about 1953." That was the year Harold married his pregnant girlfriend and moved to Chicago. The following year, he was inducted into the Army to serve a two-year hitch.

 

On March 14, 1956, Harold Jenkins exited the Army and went back to Arkansas. As soon as he switched on the radio, he realized that Elvis Presley, who hadn't even recorded when he left, had changed the rules while he had been away. There were bands in northeast Arkansas led by guys like Billy Riley, Sonny Burgess, and Ronnie Hawkins, playing Elvis's new, mutant country music. Harold Jenkins wanted in. In June or July 1956 - just three or four months after getting out of the service - he formed another band, Harold Jenkins and the Rockhousers. He wrote their theme song, Rock House, and it allowed him to leapfrog over the line of hopefuls that hung around Sun Records in nearby Memphis. Much as he wanted it otherwise, Rock House was the only Sun record with his name on it - and his name was squirreled away between the brackets reserved for the composers. Roy Orbison was the one to record it. 

 

One curio left in the Sun vaults was a demo of Just In Time. The Rockhousers worked at the Browns' Trio club in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown were a middlingly successful country act, certainly successful enough to ask for a share of the composer credit on some songs they took from Jenkins, Just In Time among them. Harold's demo was a spare, haunting country performance, without any of the vocal gimmicks he drew upon when he sang rock 'n' roll. 

 

While trying out at Sun, Harold Jenkins' management was taken over by Don Seat, who'd worked with Johnnie Ray, Nat 'King' Cole, Desi Arnaz, and many others. At Seat's insistence, Harold Jenkins changed his name. "Everybody's recording," he said later, "and dee-jays are getting thirty or forty new records a day, and they can only play so many. I figured that 'Harold Jenkins' would get lost in the shuffle. I decided that I'd better get an unusual name so that when dee-jays were flipping through all those records, they might say, 'Hey! I wonder what this sounds like.'" When asked, he always said that he picked 'Conway' from Conway, Arkansas, and 'Twitty' from Twitty, Texas. Rubbish, said Seat. He had already coined one memorable name, Something Smith & The Redheads, and insisted that his girlfriend had come up with the name 'Conway Twitty' long before he ever found Harold Jenkins. Seat said that he had correspondence in which Twitty insisted that his stage name was to be Harold Lloyd. Neither Seat nor Twitty liked to give the other credit for anything, and both are now deceased, so we'll never know.

 

Seat got Twitty onto Mercury Records. It looked like the big time but nothing happened. We have just one recording from that era, a song by Twitty's bassist, Jimmy Evans, Why Can't I Get Through To You. Evans had already hung around Sun with Gene Simmons, and later worked with another would-be rockabilly star from Arkansas, Ronnie Hawkins. 

 

Without a hit, Twitty couldn't get on national tours, so Seat sent him to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to work a stint at the Flamingo Lounge. During the band's long, successful stay there, Twitty and his drummer, Jack Nance, wrote It's Only Make Believe. Don Seat said that Twitty sent him a tape from Canada with I'll Try and It's Only Make Believe on it. "As soon as I heard 'It's Only Believe,'" he said, "I said, 'Oh shit, it's lifted straight off '(All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings.'" But Seat pitched the tape and found a taker at MGM Records. I'll Try became a local hit in Ontario. "The record was out for three months, and I knew they were plugging the wrong side," Twitty said later with the benefit of hindsight. "We were successful in Canada, but I didn't want to spend the rest of my life playing clubs, so I quit and went home." Twitty had remarried and was working on his father-in-law's farm when It's Only Make Believe broke out of Columbus, Ohio.

 

When It's Only Make Believe became a hit in Columbus, MGM picked up the ball and reserviced the record to radio. It entered the national pop charts in mid-September 1958, and on November 10, 1958, Conway Twitty had the biggest hit in every man's town. Number One in 'Billboard.' It reached #1 in England, and, according to Twitty, in twenty-one other countries as well. None of Twitty's records would ever outsell It's Only Make Believe, and he would always close his shows with it. 

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Conway Twitty: The Ballads of Conway Twitty
Art-Nr.: BCD15982
 

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 36-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx.  79 mns. They called him 'The Best Friend A Song Ever Had.' Here are 33 reasons why. An exclusive compilation drawn from Conway's early years, before his country stardom. Includes...

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Conway Twitty: Conway Twitty - Conway Rocks
Art-Nr.: BCD16670
 

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1-CD DigiPac (6-plated) with 36-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time 68:38 minutes. Conway Twitty was one of the most successful country stars of all time. No one ever scored more No.1 country hits. But before he was a country star, he was a rock'n' roller …...

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Conway Twitty: Rocks At The Castaway (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17413
 

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2-CD Digipac (6-plated) with 24-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing tiome approx. 102 minutes. •    High-quality live recordings, made in 1964. •    Rock ‘n’ Roll artist Conway Twitty at the turning point. •  ...

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Conway Twitty: The Rock'n'Roll Years (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16112
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 62-page book, 202 tracks. Playing time approx. 477 mns. Here's the complete story of Conway Twitty in the years before he switched to country. After starting at Sun Records in 1956 and going to Mercury in '57, Conway broke through on MGM...

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Conway Twitty: Portrait Of A Fool
Art-Nr.: LPSI5080
 

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(1988/MGM) 14 tracks,  original released in 1962. This album shows off the multi-faceted Twitty style, and spotlights this exciting individual way with pop, country or rock and roll tunes.

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Conway Twitty: Looking Back - Best Of MGM 1958-63 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPMD246
 

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CD on RPM RECORDS by Conway Twitty - Looking Back - Best Of MGM 1958-63 (2-CD)

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Conway Twitty: Conway Twitty Sings (1959) reissue Vinyl LP
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3127
 

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(1989/Stetson) 12 tracks, original MGM recordings, 1958-59. Now rare 1980s repro of original 1959 MGM album. Stetson Vinyl Lps are long out of print, officially licensed GB re-issues with top sound quality.  (please check website for some rare...

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Conway Twitty: Tell Me One More Time (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFV102
 

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(2011/Fantastic Voyage) 30 tracks Country music icon, businessman, theme-park owner and fast-food chain founder, Conway Twitty, also happened to be a rock & roll singer. For some reason, this latter talent has tended to lag behind in the man's career...

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Conway Twitty: Shake It Up Baby
Art-Nr.: LPBDL1044
 

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(1982/Bulldog) 12 tracks - His Mercury 45rpm records from 1957 and 1958 plus some unreleased 'Sun' and 'Mercury' tracks!

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Conway Twitty: The Great Conway Twitty
Art-Nr.: LPDLP020
 

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(Demand) 18 tracks, 12 were recorded in 1972 in Nashville for fanclun consumption only! 'Mojo Workout' and 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' are to live recordings from 1961 plus four bonus tracks, recorded for ABC-Paramount in the 60s!

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Conway Twitty: Tell Me One More Time - The MGM Rock'n'Roll Collection
Art-Nr.: LPFVDV102
 

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(2011/FANTASTICVOYAGE) 30 tracks - Prior to undergoing his C&W makeover in the mid-sixties, he existed as a first rate rock & roll singer. This LP features the pick of the lip-curling litter that Conway Twitty bequeathed to Metro Goldwyn at the Owen...

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Conway Twitty: Crazy In Love - Heart's Breakin' All Over Town
Art-Nr.: MCA79067
 

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Single (7 Inch) on MCA RECORDS by Conway Twitty - Crazy In Love - Heart's Breakin' All Over Town

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Conway Twitty: Live At The Castaway Lounge, Ohio 1963
Art-Nr.: LPDLP0030
 

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(Demand) 21 tracks, recorded 'live' in 1963!

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Conway Twitty: I'llGet Over Losing You - That's When She...
Art-Nr.: DECCA32599
 

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Single (7 Inch) on DECCA RECORDS by Conway Twitty - I'llGet Over Losing You - That's When She...

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Conway Twitty: Rockin' Country - The MGM Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD519958
 

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CD on POLY RECORDS by Conway Twitty - Rockin' Country - The MGM Years (CD)

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Conway Twitty: Fifteen Years Ago - Up Comes ...7inch, 45rpm - cut out
Art-Nr.: DECCA32742
 

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Single (7 Inch) on DECCA RECORDS by Conway Twitty - Fifteen Years Ago - Up Comes ...7inch, 45rpm - cut out

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Conway Twitty: Country Hit Maker (tin case)
Art-Nr.: CD210053
 

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CD on AMERICAN LEGEND RECORDS by Conway Twitty - Country Hit Maker (tin case)

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Conway Twitty: The Rock & Roll Story (CD)
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CD on GLOBE RECORDS by Conway Twitty - The Rock & Roll Story (CD)

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Conway Twitty: 20 All Time Greatest Hits
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0702
 

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(2003/KING) 20 tracks

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Conway Twitty: The Highpriest Of Country (feat.L.Lynn) (0)
Art-Nr.: DVDFOR14043
 

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(2008/ALPHA) PAL, Color, 12 live clips 1970/80s;

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Conway Twitty: I Love You More Today - To See My Angel Cry
Art-Nr.: CDDECK116
 

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(2009/POKER) 22 tracks Decca 1969/70

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Conway Twitty: Number Ones
Art-Nr.: CDMCA882102
 

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(2007/MCA) 25 tracks 1958-1986 - Ecopak (recycable Digipak)

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Conway Twitty: Gold 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDMCA519902
 

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(2006/MCA) 40 tracks 1958-1991 digitally remastered - 20 page booklet

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Conway Twitty: Collection (4-CD Digi-Longbox) US
Art-Nr.: CDMCA11095
 

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(1994/MCA) 89 career spanning tracks including unreleased Conway on hometown radio aged 12!, his audition tape for Decca Records, never released track 'Sweet Sweet Spirit', played at Twitty's memorial service.80 page booklet with detailed bio/discography and rare...

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Conway Twitty: Conway Twitty Country - Here's Conway Twitty (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDECK118
 

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(2010/POKER) 23 tracks 1967/68

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Conway Twitty: Rock & Roll Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD554150
 

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(1998/SPECTRUM) 21 tracks 1956-68

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Conway Twitty: 20 Greatest Hits 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CD60123
 

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(2010/TGG) 20 tracks

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Conway Twitty: Icon Series
Art-Nr.: CD1552602
 

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Conway Twitty: The Complete Warner Bros. And Elektra Chart Singles
Art-Nr.: CDVAR67348
 

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(2015/Varese Sarabande) 16 tracks, Conway Twitty was one of the best selling country artists of all-time. In his long career he charted 98 singles, with 40 of them hitting number one. This new collection focuses on his years with Elektra and Warner Bros. Records...

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Conway Twitty: The Complete Original #1 Hits Of The '60s And '70s (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0001
 

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(2011/Real Gone) 29 essential original recordings incl. duets with Loretta Lynn, mastered  by Alan Brownstein. UMG custom pressing - few copies!*****

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