Hello, Conway Twitty is one of the most successful recording artists of all-time. He has charted 40 #1 Country hits (1968-1986). Born Harold Jenkins on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point, Mississippi and raised in Helena, Arkansas, he also became a hit maker in the rock and roll era and charted 13 hits on the Billboard Top 100 between 1957 and 1962.
IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE was his biggest of these hits. The song became a #1 hit and a million seller for Conway the first of many he would record. His follow-up to IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE was another ballad in the same mode, THE STORY OF MY LOVE became a #28 hit in 1959. Later that year a rock version of MONA LISA would become another Conway Twitty hit as it charted at #29. In September of 1959 he would chart his second Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit, a rock and roll version of the Irish classic, DANNY BOY. His version would chart at #10. In December of 1959 another Top 10 hit, LONELY BLUE BOY, actually his second biggest pop hit, charted at #6.
Conway continued in 1960 with hits, WHAT AM I LIVING FOR, #26 and IS A BLUEBIRD BLUE, #35 and in December of 1960, C’EST SI BON (IT’S SO GOOD) would climb the Hot 100 to #22 and be his last big pop hit. In 1962 his last Billboard Hot 100 pop hit would enter the chart, PORTRAIT OF A FOOL would chart at #98. Conway would then turn to Country music, and as they say, the rest is history…he is one of the greatest hit makers in that genre.
All of Conway Twitty’s big pop hits were on MGM Records. He died in 1993 at the age of 59. His legacy is secured in both Pop and Country…through his classic hit records…We remember him in the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll” through his many hits…the legend of Conway Twitty will grow even more in the years to come…