Conway Twitty (1 September 1933 – 5 June 1993), born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, was one of the United States’ most successful artists of the 20th century. Twitty had the most singles (55) reach Number 1 on various national music charts. Conway Twitty’s across the board totals were greater than that of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and Garth Brooks. Most notably known as a country music singer, Twitty also enjoyed success in early Rock and Roll, R&B, and Pop music (among other genres). He teamed up with Loretta Lynn to form one of country music’s most successful business partnerships.
Origin of Jenkins Stage Name————- Jenkins felt that his real name wasn’t marketable, and he changed his show business name in 1957. (Harold Lloyd Jenkins would always remain his legal name, however). Looking at a road map, he spotted Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. Thus, he went with the professional name of “Conway Twitty”.
Alternatively, Jenkins met a Richmond, VA, man named W. Conway Twitty Jr. through Jenkins’ manager in a New York City restaurant. The manager served in the army with the real Conway Twitty. Later, the manager suggested to Jenkins that he take the name as his stage name because it had a ring to it. The Richmond Conway Twitty subsequently recorded the song, “What’s in a Name But Trouble,” in the mid-1960s, lamenting the loss of his name to Jenkins. The flip side of the 45 RPM record was “The Purple, Purple People Eater, Eater.” (The more well known version of Purple People Eater, however, now having sold over 100,000,000 copies, was recorded by Sheb Wooley.)
in his singing conway twitty has had over 30 no.1 hits an over 15 to reach the top 5
He recorded and released Hello Darlin in 1970.
He and Loretta Lynn won four consecutive Country Music Association Awards for vocal duo in 1972.
He used to practice baseball when he was young.
His last chart appearance in the country charts was in a duet with Anita Cochran.
His song It's Only Make Believe that was recorded in 1958 became one of the first nine Top 40 hits.
He has said that his pen name Conway Twitty is based in the cities Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas.
He moved to Warner Bros. Records in 1982.
He never won a solo CMA award in his career.
He is often noted for being "The Best Friend a Song Ever Had" by many of his fans
His pioneering contribution has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
His fortunes changed when he was with MGM Records in 1958.
He released his first duet After the Fire is Gone with Lorena Lynn in 1971.
He has enjoyed success in early Rock and Roll, R&B and Pop music.
His first album was called Conway Twitty Sings that he released in 1958.
His children's names are Michael, Joni, Kathy and Jimmy.
His song "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" appeared in the game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas".
He has said that his music is inspired by Elvis Presley.
He was inducted into the "Country Music Hall of Fame" in 1999.
Conway's father taught him to play guitar when he was only 4 years old.
Conway Twitty had 55 number one hit records.