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Conway Twitty

— Rock 'n Roll Highway 67 —

 
 
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Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 3, 2021
1. Conway Twitty Marker
Inscription.  With an astounding 55 number one hits to his credit, Conway Twitty was a legendary performer. Bụt while he is remembered best as a country superstar, he started his career and scored his first big hit as a rockabilly singer.

Conway-Twitty had a special bond with Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67, going back to the days when he was performing by his given name of Harold Jenkins.

Club owner Bob King had shown generosity to the young singer, and Twitty demonstrated his lasting. appreciation by performing at King's club near Swifton every year for the rest of his life.

Harald Jenkins was born in Friars Point, Miss, but his family moved to the east Arkansas town of Helena when he was 10 years old. It was there the budding musician formed his first singing group, the Phillips County Ramblers, and he also landed his own radio show.

He was an excellent baseball player, as well, and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, but his dreams of playing on the diamond ended when he was drafted into the Army.

After serving his hitch in the military, he returned home to discover Elvis Presley and the emerging

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sounds of rock music. He made his way to Memphis and developed his own rockabilly sound with Sam Phillips at Sun Records.

Fearing Harold Jenkins was not a memorable name for a performer, he took his stage name from the cities of Conway, Ark., and Twitty, Tex.

Landing a contract with MGM Records, he notched his first number one record in 1958 with "It's Only Make Believe.” He co- wrote the song with drummer Jack Nance, who had formerly played with Sonny Burgess and the Pacers.

Conway moved to country music in the 1960s and began a string of hits that spanned decades, including "Hello Darlin',"' "Linda On My Mind" and "Don't Call Him a Cowboy." He also teamed up with Loretta Lynn on memorable duets like "After the Fire is Gone" and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man."Landing a contract with MGM Records, he notched his first number one record in 1958 with "It's Only Make Believe.” He co- wrote the song with drummer Jack Nance, who had formerly played with Sonny Burgess and the Pacers.

Conway moved to country music in the 1960s and began a string of hits that spanned decades, including "Hello Darlin',"' "Linda On My Mind" and "Don't Call Him a Cowboy." He also teamed up with Loretta Lynn on memorable duets like "After the Fire is Gone" and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man."
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed

Conway Twitty Marker on right. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 3, 2021
2. Conway Twitty Marker on right.
in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1958.
 
Location. 36° 4.033′ N, 90° 57.44′ W. Marker is in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from SW Front Street south of West Elm Street, on the right when traveling south. Located at Guitar Walk near the Walnut Ridge Train Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 SW Front St, Walnut Ridge AR 72476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sonny Burgess (here, next to this marker); Wanda Jackson (here, next to this marker); Billy Lee Riley (a few steps from this marker); Roy Orbison (a few steps from this marker); Johnny Cash (a few steps from this marker); Jerry Lee Lewis (a few steps from this marker); Carl Perkins (a few steps from this marker); When The Beatles Came to Town (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Ridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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