Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #332: “Hello Darlin'”- Conway Twitty. July 4, 1970.
- Single:” Hello Darlin'”- Conway Twitty
- Record Company: Decca
- Genre: Country
- Written by Conway Twitty
- Time: 2:25
- B-side: “Girl At The Bar”
- Album- Hello Darlin’
- Grade- A
- Peaked at #60 8 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
Conway Twitty had an interesting life. He was born Harold Jenkins in Friars’s Point, Mississippi in 1933. Changed his name to Conway Twitty in the late 50’s- he got the Conway from Conway, Arkansas and Twitty from Twitty, Texas. He was offered a contract to play baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies but was drafted by the U.S. Army before he could sign, early in his career recorded at Sun -the recordings haven’t been released. He was a rock and roller early on and had a number of Top 40 hits in the late 50’s and early 60’s- including a #1 in- It’s Only Make Believe” in 1957. He changed to country music in 1965 and had an even more successful career. When I think of Conway Twitty the first thing that comes to mind is his duets with Loretta Lynn. Growing up my father had a lot of those albums- and while I loved the artists he liked the one at the time I didn’t care much for were the Twitty and Lynn albums- later I realized the albums were probably just too adult for a young kid.
A friend of mine- had a friend who met Conway Twitty while camping. She came up to him and said “Aren’t you Conway Twitty?” To which he replied “No my name is Harold Jenkins.” Then he laughed and admitted to who he was.
Conway Twitty died at the age of 59 in 1993 of an abdominal aneurysm.