He died in , while still releasing chart singles, so he never enjoyed the renaissance period of later years that the afore-mentioned artists did. And, unlike many of his contemporaries, he was very adept with the art of musical transition. In the s, when the format was taking on a more cross-over sound, he released this traditional-flavored number which got plenty of couples on the dance floor in the summer of More on that last one later. Yes, we realize it was a classic.
After discovering and following the rock and roll stars of the day, Twitty decided to give music a shot. Sun Records in Memphis was the first stop, but no hits prevailed. That also led to appearances in teen-based movies. Twitty had such an impact that his story and name were parodied by the character Conrad Birdie in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. When Twitty hit his 30s, he decided to change courses and pursue his love of country music. In , the journey began, thanks to a loyal legion of fans who would follow him anywhere. In , Bette Midler hit No.
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Conway Twitty was a one-man hit machine: Throughout his career, from his pop and rock beginnings in the s to his pivot to country in the mids, he had more than 50 songs reach the top of the charts. Twitty built his career on crooning love songs, both as a solo artist and as a singing partner to Loretta Lynn. Below, The Boot counts down Twitty's Top 10 songs.