Conway Twitty passed away in 1993 at the age of 59. His death forever left a hole in the hearts of country music fans. Now, more than two decades after his passing, a few unreleased songs are heading to vinyl for the first time.
The album, “Timeless,” is one Twitty recorded back in 1972. It was part of a musical recording program featuring some of the top artists at the time. Radio stations later received the recordings for release. Other artists who participated in the same recording were Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Dolly Parton.
Many of the songs we’ve heard before. Both “Hello Darlin,” and “How Much More Can She Stand” are on the album. But, Twitty made these recordings very early in his country music career. So, they are quite different from what we heard later on from him.Twitty’s daughter is spearheading the release of the album. It contains 14 tracks, which you can learn more about, here.
Twitty is a staple in the world of country music. He’s one of the few classic country artists who never became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, but he did become a member of the Country Music and the Rockability Hall of Fames.
Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins in 1933 but took on the stage name Conway Twitty. After a town in Arkansas and another in Texas, back in 1957. He began recording country music in 1965. But, radio stations wouldn’t play his music, at first because of his rock singer status.
It wasn’t until 1970 when he finally recorded “Hello Darlin,” that stayed at the top of the country charts for four weeks that radio stations became more receptive. He didn’t have any problems getting stations to play his music at that point and went on to record a ton more hits, including some duets with Loretta Lynn.