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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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The Rock & Roll Story (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Conway Twitty: The Rock & Roll Story (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11030

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

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8 CD album box set (LP format) with 62-page book, 202 single tracks. Playing time approx. 477 minutes. This CD album Boxset tells Conway Twitty's entire rock'n' roll story from that time before he switched to country music. After joining...
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Conway Twitty - Conway Rocks (CD)
Conway Twitty: Conway Twitty - Conway Rocks (CD) 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...
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Rocks At The Castaway (2-CD)
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. • Carefully restored and...
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The Ballads of Conway Twitty (CD)
Conway Twitty: The Ballads of Conway Twitty (CD) 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...
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Rock House (LP, 10inch)
Conway Twitty: Rock House (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: LÖPMG2004

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Timeless (CD)
Conway Twitty: Timeless (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCRR208

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(2017/Country Rewind) 14 tracks  ,- Scotty Moore (the great Elvis Presley guitarist) produced this 1972 session at his Nashville studio. This is Conway at his most relaxed, and this release features newly added vocal and instrumental...
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Conway Twitty Sings (1959) reissue Vinyl LP
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...
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Looking Back - Best Of MGM 1958-63 (2-CD)
Conway Twitty: Looking Back - Best Of MGM 1958-63 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRPMD246

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(RPM) 40 tracks - with photo inlay contains UK diskography
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Shake It Up Baby (LP)
Conway Twitty: Shake It Up Baby (LP) Art-Nr.: LPBDL1044

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(Bulldog) 12 tracks - His Mercury 45rpm records from 1957 and 1958 plus some unreleased 'Sun' and 'Mercury' tracks!
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Portrait Of A Fool (LP)
Conway Twitty: Portrait Of A Fool (LP) 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's Greatest Hits (LP, Stereo, Japan)
Conway Twitty: Conway Twitty's Greatest Hits (LP, Stereo, Japan) Art-Nr.: LP20MM0439

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(Polydor-Japan) 12 tracks, Stereo, with OBI, including lyrics sheet Born in Friars Point, Mississippi, Conway boasts his town has a population of 500. "When I visit there," says Conway, "I up it to 501". The young Mr. Twitty's early...
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Gold 2-CD
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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Sun Records Jukebox Series - Harold Jenkins (7inch, 45rpm)
Conway Twitty: Sun Records Jukebox Series - Harold Jenkins... Art-Nr.: 45NR845

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(2001/Norton) 2-Track Single - Conway Twitty under his real name Harold Jenkins with his Rock Houses delivers the original slurpin' demo of Orbison classic!
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The Very Best Of Conway Twitty (CD)
Conway Twitty: The Very Best Of Conway Twitty (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHMN036

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​(1998/MCA/Universal) 24 tracks
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Collection (4-CD Digi-Longbox) US
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...
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I'llGet Over Losing You - That's When She...
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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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Fifteen Years Ago - Up Comes ...7inch, 45rpm - cut out
Conway Twitty: Fifteen Years Ago - Up Comes ...7inch, 45rpm -... 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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The Complete Warner Bros. And Elektra Chart Singles
Conway Twitty: The Complete Warner Bros. And Elektra Chart... 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...
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20 Best Of Must Have Hits (CD)
Conway Twitty: 20 Best Of Must Have Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTEEVEE0794

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(2017/Gusto-TeeVee) 20 Tracks - Superb big hits compilation covering the years 1962-1993 - Country music legend!
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Lonely Blue Boy (CD)
Conway Twitty: Lonely Blue Boy (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPSALM2367

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(2012/Righteous) 24 tracks, Lonely Blue Boy & Conway Twitty Sings
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Two's A Party (LP, Cut-Out)
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn: Two's A Party (LP, Cut-Out) Art-Nr.: LPMCA5178

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(MCA) 10 tracks - Originally sealed LP from 1985 -Cut-out LP
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Rock & Roll With Conway Twitty (CD)
Conway Twitty: Rock & Roll With Conway Twitty (CD) Art-Nr.: CD306792

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​(Hallmark) 12 tracks - 'Sun' and 'Mercury' recordings from 1957 and 1958
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20 Greatest Hits 2-CD
Conway Twitty: 20 Greatest Hits 2-CD Art-Nr.: CD60123

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(2010/TGG) 20 tracks
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I Love You More Today - To See My Angel Cry (CD)
Conway Twitty: I Love You More Today - To See My Angel Cry (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDECK116

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(POKER) 22 tracks Decca 1969/70
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