‘Spotlight on a Song”
Hello music fans! Happy Friday….and a very Happy Halloween to those who celebrate. My house is in full costume making mode which is a nice break from reality.
I’ll jump right in! Conway Twitty. Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, was born on September 1, 1933 in northwestern Mississippi. In addition to his music passion, he also played baseball. And received an offer to play with the Philadelphia Phillies after high school, but he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Far East and organized a group called The Cimmerons to entertain fellow GI’s.
Soon after hearing Elvis Presley’s song “Mystery Train”, Harold began writing rock and roll material. He went to the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and worked with Sam Phillips. The rest is history.
Accounts vary of how Harold Jenkins acquired his stage name of Conway Twitty. But does it matter?! That’s a name that will go down in history. And man, did he own it! Conway Twitty subsequently recorded the song “What’s in a Name but Trouble”, lamenting the loss of his name to Harold Jenkins. Sometimes it takes years to miss you’re old self and reclaim it back. Especially when you’re young and have your eyes on the prize.
For a decade, Twitty enjoyed his life of ‘Rock & Roll’. But his true calling was ‘Country’. And indeed, that is the direction he moved towards: the Conway Twitty most remember. But take a moment to listen to what spawned his career. He’s heavenly. And you won’t think it’s him when you hear this little gem. Enjoy!
Strum a little….