Harold Lloyd Jenkins was born in Friars Point, Mississippi on September 1, 1933 and died on June 5, 1993. At twelve years of age moving with his family to Helena, Arkansas, he had a radio show and spent considerable time during his teen years playing baseball that would lead to an offer from the Philadelphia Phillies. But after being drafted into the Army he returned to devote full time to a singing career that would establish his new name Conway Twitty as one of the most successful recording stars of all time.
Conway landed with his #1 multi million seller, “It’s Only Make Believe,” in 1958 and followed with two more top ten hits, “Danny Boy,” and “Lonely Blue Boy,” in 1959. A rock version of “Mona Lisa,” and “What Am I Living For” joined “Is a Blue Bird Blue” on the pop charts before Conway moved to a country music career that would give him a record setting 43 number one hits.
From 1966 until his death, among Conway Twitty’s country chart toppers were,“Hello Darlin,” “Fifteen Years Ago,” “You’ve Never Been this Far Before,”“Linda On My Mind,” “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me,” “Play Guitar Play,” “I May Never Get to Heaven,” “Happy Birthday Darlin,” “I’d Just Love to Lay You Down,” “Tight Fittin’ Jeans,” “Slow Hand,” “The Rose,” and teaming up with the queen of country music Loretta Lynn, “Lead Me On,” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” “As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone” and “Feelins’.” Conway landed on the country music charts a total of 97 times during his career.
While on tour in 1993, Conway became ill and died of an abdominal aneurysm. In the weeks preceding his passing, his final album, “Final Touches” was recorded.
A Grammy Award winner, Conway Twitty was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.