Twitty garnered a record deal with MGM that led to his first No.
1 hit in 1958, a rock and roll song titled “It’s Only Make Believe.” Twitty also had a short-lived career in film, appearing in such films as (1960) with Mickey Rooney. In 1971, they recorded and went on to release several hit records.
Though Twitty was very successful as a rock and roll performer, he preferred country music and eventually switched genres. In 1982, Twitty opened Twitty City, a tourist attraction located in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Twitty married his third wife, Dolores Virginia Henry, in 1987.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Conway Twitty has sold over 50 million records.
Twitty had anywhere from forty-one to fifty-three No. The family moved to Helena (Phillips County)—now Helena-West Helena—when Jenkins was ten, and soon thereafter, he formed his first band, the Phillips County Ramblers.
1 singles on the country and rock charts, depending upon the industry source used. Harold Lloyd Jenkins was born on September 1, 1933, in Friars Point, Mississippi, and was named after the famous silent film actor, Harold Lloyd. His father worked off and on as a Mississippi riverboat captain, though his mother was the real breadwinner.
Jenkins worked as a carhop and later had a weekly radio show.
Jenkins also played baseball and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies after high school; he was also drafted by the military.
While stationed in Japan, Jenkins played baseball and performed with a band called the Cimmarons. After the war, Jenkins went to Memphis, Tennessee, and recorded at Sun Studios. At this point, he took the stage name of Conway Twitty, combining the names of two cities—Conway (Faulkner County) and Twitty, Texas. Another enterprise, a fast-food restaurant named Twitty Burger, went bankrupt. His first marriage, to Ellen Matthews, began in 1953 and ended a year later in divorce in 1954. He was survived by his wife and four adult children. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. For additional information: Cross, Wilbur, and Michael Kosser.