Is Conway Twitty the biggest legend in Country Music history?

Well, he's certainly in the discussion.  With the second most #1 Country hit's in history with over 50 (yes, King George has more), Conway is definitely an artist to be reckoned with!

But how well do you know Conway?  Here are six things you may not know about one of the biggest names in Country Music history.


1) Most Country Music fans know that Conway Twitty wasn't always Conway Twitty.  They know that he was born Harold Jenkins.  But did you know he was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins and was named by his Great Uncle after the legendary silent movie actor Harold Lloyd?


2) Conway got his start in music at an early age.  In fact, he even had his own local radio show every Saturday morning.  But music wasn't the only thing Conway was good at. Did you know Conway received an offer to play professional baseball from the Philadelphia Phillie after high school but was drafted into the U.S. Army?


3) Conway has one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices in Country Music history.  When you hear Conway, you know it's Conway! But did you know at the beginning of his legendary career, some believed Conway was actually Elvis Presley recording under a different name?  Apparently, that happened particularly with Conway's early hit 'It's Only Make Believe'.



4) For many Country Music fan's, you can't think of Conway Twitty without thinking of the Coal Miner's Daughter, Loretta Lynn.  Conway and Loretta are one of the most legendary duet partners in Country Music history.  But did you know came in 1971, called 'After The Fire Is Gone'?  They, of course, follwed it up with many more great duet classic's.


5) In 1973, Conway released a single that was a massive hit, spending a totla of 3 weeks atop the Country Music chart and crossing over to become a big Top 40 pop hit as well.  But did you know many radio station's refused to play the single because of it's sexually suggestive tone?  That single, now a classic, was 'You've Never Been This Far Before'.



And finally...

6) Conway Twitty topped the country music chart 55 times.  George Strait has had 60, and Ronnie Milsap is third all time with over 40 #1 hit's.  All three are, of course, in the Country Music Hall of Fame.  But did you know, even with all those classic's, Conway's biggest hit came in 1970 and became his signature song?  Well, of course you did.  Turn it up loud and sing along with 'Hello Darlin''.



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