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Overview (3)

Born in Friars Point, Mississippi, USA
Died in Springfield, Missouri, USA  (surgery complications)
Birth NameHarold Lloyd Jenkins

Mini Bio (1)

Conway Twitty was born on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point, Mississippi, USA as Harold Lloyd Jenkins. He was married to Dolores Virginia Henry, Temple Medley and Ellen Matthews. He died on June 5, 1993 in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

Spouse (3)

Dolores Virginia Henry (27 February 1987 - 5 June 1993) (his death)
Temple Medley (1955 - 1985) (divorced) (3 children)
Ellen Matthews (1953 - 1954) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Country singer.
Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
Also included in his incredible string of hits were his duets with Loretta Lynn. Of the 12 duets they released together, every one of them made the top 10 of Billboard's country singles chart, with five going to #1--"After the Fire is Gone" and "Lead Me On" (both 1971); "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (1973); "As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone" (1974); and "Feelin's" (1975).
His first and last #1 hits of the 1970s both used the phrase "Hello Darlin'" in either the song title or lyrics. "Hello Darlin'" (1970) started the string in 1970, while "Happy Birthday, Darlin'" (1979) brought that successful decade for him to an end; both are counted among his biggest hits.
The only song that went the distance on any music publication's rock charts was 1958's "It's Only Make Believe." The last #1 song, depending on the source, came 32 years later with 1990's "Crazy in Love"; if one used Billboard magazine's country chart as the source, that final #1 was "Desperado Love" in 1986.
Among the most successful country performers of all time. Depending on the source, Twitty has scored anywhere from 41 (Billboard magazine) to 53 #1 singles on the country and rock charts.
Father of Michael Twitty.
Originally planned to break into professional baseball with a Philadelphia Phillies farm team, but the US Army drafted him before the Phillies could.
Recorded with legendary guitarist Hank Garland in the early 1960s.
His name came from combining the names of the towns of Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas.
Graduated from Tallulah High School in Tallulah, Louisiana.
In 1960 he had a US #6 Pop hit with "Lonely Blue Boy (Danny)", a song originally recorded by Elvis Presley for King Creole (1958) but not used in the film.
His name is parodied (Conrad Birdie), in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), but unlike the character in the film and show, he never appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
Lampooned regularly on Family Guy (1998).

Personal Quotes (2)

[on the secret to his successful singing career] I say things that women want to hear--things that men have trouble saying.
[about Sam Phillips, owner of the legendary record label Sun Records] He knew what he wanted to hear, and everybody that walked into his studio--no matter what kind of music you sang--he'd push you in a certain direction, toward something that he wanted to hear.

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