When people discuss legendary song catalogs in country music, often the names of George Jones, Merle Haggard, or Willie Nelson are usually cited for their greatness. But, for some reason, the career of Conway Twitty seems to get overlooked. He died in 1993, while still releasing chart singles, so he never enjoyed the renaissance period of later years that the afore-mentioned artists did.
But, song for song, Twitty’s career matches up with anybody’s. And, unlike many of his contemporaries, he was very adept with the art of musical transition. A Conway Twitty record from 1980 sounded very different from one from 1965, and the singer continued to evolve until the recording of his final album, 1993’s Final Touches. Plus, what other male country singer has rocked the perm as Twitty did in 1979? So, with that tip to his hairstyle, let’s look back at twenty of the most essential Conway Twitty songs in a career that, while lengthy, was cut short way too soon.
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