Conway Twitty – Hello Darlin’ (1971)

This song brings a tear to this old mans Eye.. Why. you ask? Well in 1969 or 70 my Late wife of 46 years Helen and I went to see Loretta Lynn and Conway at the PROCTORS THEATER in Schenectady.. It was the very first time Helen had been to a Live performance. The thing that sticks out in my mind is that Conway was wearing a PINK SUIT , after that Helen always referred to his (Titty Pink Suit) every time I hear Conway and Loretta do “HELLO DARLIN'” the tears show up… OK This old man will shut up now.. just had to tell this silly little story….THANK YOU– for listening

Country Music Hall of Fame artist Conway Twitty wrote “Hello Darlin'” and released the hit song in 1970. Enjoy a vintage live performance of the tune here!

Singing legend Conway Twitty was born on September 1, 1933. However, the Mississippi native was born with the name Harold Jenkins.   Learn more about this legendary singer below.

Conway Twitty Bio

When Jenkins was 10 years old, his family moved to Helena, Arkansas, and Harold Jenkins joined his first singing group. At the age of 12, Jenkins hosted his own radio show for the small town. As a young boy, he was also an incredibly talented baseball played. An MLB organization, the Philadelphia Phillies, even drafted him upon high school graduation. Instead, Harold Jenkins was drafted into the United States military. While in the military, Jenkins formed a band that performed for other soldiers.

Harold Jenkins to Conway Twitty

When he was 24 years old, Jenkins decided he needed a stage name. There are several stories of how he decided on the name Conway Twitty. The first story claims that he was simply looking a map and his eyes landed on the small towns of Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. Another story is that a restaurant manager, that Jenkins frequented, begged Jenkins to use his name, Conway Twitty, insisting that the name was catchy and memorable.

Musical Beginnings

Twitty’s musical career began as a rock ‘n’ roll singer. In 1958, Conway Twitty released his first hit, “It’s Only Make Believe.” In the song, Conway Twitty’s voice led many audiences to believe that it was actually Elvis Presley singing. Twitty had many other rock ‘n’ roll hits such as “Danny Boy” and “Lonely Blue Boy.”

Music and Country Career

“Hello Darlin’,” Twitty’s first, and biggest country song was released in 1970. His songs are known for the deep male voice which Twitty possessed. Throughout his career, he released over 50 songs that reached the top spot on the Country Music charts.  Twitty won 2 Grammy Awards in his storied career.  . His 55 No. 1 singles are an amazing feat in the annals of the recording industry. Twitty sold more than 50 million records, delivered thousands of live performances, and achieved over 100 major awards.   “Next In Line” became his first country No. 1.  Twitty performed three decades of country music including: “Hello Darlin’,” “Goodbye Time,” “You’ve Never Been This Far Before,” “Linda On My Mind,” “I’d Love To Lay You Down,” “Tight Fittin’ Jeans,” “That’s My Job.” Conway performed a duet with the top female vocalist of that time, Loretta Lynn and the duo became the most awarded male/female duet in history recording with songs like “After The Fire Is Gone,” “Lead Me On,” and “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.

Lycris

Hello darlin’
Nice to see you
It’s been a long time
You’re just as lovely
As you used to be
How’s your new love
Are you happy
Hope your doin’ fine
Just to know it
Means so much to me
What’s that darlin’
How am I doin’
I’m doin’ alright except I can’t sleep
And I cry all night ’til dawn
What I’m trying to say is I love you and I miss you
And I’m so sorry that I did you wrong
Look up darlin’
Let me kiss you
Just for old time sake
Let me hold you
In my arms one more time
Thank you darlin’
May God bless you
And may each step you take
Bring you closer
To the things you seek to find
Goodbye darlin’
Gotta go now
Gotta try to find a way
To lose these memories
Of a love so warm and true
And if you should ever find it
In your heart to forgive me
Come back Darlin’
I’ll be waitin’ for you…

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