Friars Point in Coahoma County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
— Mississippi Country Music Trail —
Born in Friar’s Point as Harold Lloyd Jenkins, son of a ferryboat captain, Conway Twitty (1933-1993) first achieved stardom as a bluesy rockabilly singer. Beginning in the 1970s, he became one of country’s bestselling balladeers ever, with fifty-five No.1 singles, many self-penned and five of them duets with musical partner Loretta Lynn. He brought a new level of sensuality, drama, and emotional directness to country, live and on record, developing a huge following so fervent that he was dubbed “The High Priest of Country Music.”
Born September 1, 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, Harold Jenkins, the boy who would become Conway Twitty was playing guitar by the age of four, learning music from local blues musicians and Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts. He would form a country band, The Phillips County Ramblers, by the age of ten, as the Jenkins family relocated across the river to Helena, Arkansas. The Ramblers, which also included steel guitar great John Hughey, soon won a regular radio slot on KFFA, home of blues legends the King Biscuit Boys.
After high school, Harold worked as a
Twitty had moderate success on rock charts for a decade, before deciding to turn his attention back to country—as would soon seem pre-ordained. Beginning with “Hello Darlin’” on Decca records in 1970, Conway Twitty amassed the greatest string of hits any country artist had yet seen, including fifty consecutive No. 1 hits, eleven of which he wrote himself. “You’ve Never Been This Far Before,” “I See the Want to In Your Eyes,” “Linda on My Mind,” and “Slow Hand” changed the scope of country music with their sexual frankness and unbridled
Erected 2012 by Mississippi Country Music Trail. (Marker Number 20.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi Country Music Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 1, 1933.
Location. 34° 22.229′ N, 90° 38.397′ W. Marker is in Friars Point, Mississippi, in Coahoma County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling north on 2nd Street. Located in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 774 2nd St, Friars Point MS 38631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Friars Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Nighthawk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Minnie Ball House" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Friars Point United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Prospect M.B. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Muddy Waters's House (approx. 7.4 miles away); Salomon Mounds (approx. 8.6 miles away); Helena, Arkansas (approx. 9.4 miles away in Arkansas). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Friars Point.
Also see . . . Conway Twitty. (Submitted on April 7, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
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