A promising young baseball player from Arkansas named Harold Jenkins and his band called "The Rock Housers" hit Sun Records in Memphis about the same time as young Roy Orbison. When Roy recorded Harold's song "Rockhouse", the rockabilly cats of 1956 took notice.
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Harold changed his name to the more memorable Conway Twitty, and once "It's Only Make Believe" hit the air in 1958, he was well on his way to making music history.

Conway paired with famous producer Owen Bradley of Nashville in the 60's (recording Orbison's "I'm In A Blue, Blue Mood" along the way) and started his own gold rush. At his death in 1993, Twitty had garnered no less than fifty five number 1 hits in rock-n-roll and country music and truly deserves his two famous nicknames --

Conway brought boldness to country music, and turned it on it's ear with his frank lyrics. Fan-fever at his concerts aside, like Roy he often held to a minimalist, dramatic style. Both did not speak much on stage, rarely gave interviews and neither catered to pop or country culture - they defined it. Both Roy and Conway have by now shown several generations that having deeply felt emotions is an honest and valued part of a strong masculine image.

In addition to their truly well-earned legendary status, both men are remembered not only for their musical talent, but also for the honorable quality of their personal character in both business and private life.
You are probably familiar with Brian's performances of Roy's songs - listen to what he can do with Conway's...

Wake up a little behind-closed-doors heat - "Slow Hand"

Turn two little words into a gold record - "Hello Darlin"

Be too-tough-to-cry - "It's Only Make Believe"

Declare true love can last - "I'd Love To Lay You Down"

From the TV show "Branson Tonight"


The Rose
Don't Call Him A Cowboy
It's Only Make Believe

"As much as I have always enjoyed performing in character as Roy Orbison, I have also always appreciated that I could go about my business without the wig and shades - just be myself - and not be recognized.

I was in this "out of costume" condition when a couple arriving early for a show walked in on my soundcheck one night about ten years ago. "Look at that," he said, "we must have Conway Twitty opening for Roy Orbison tonight!"

The "Hey, Conway!" comments started getting more frequent as time passed. Never let it be said that I cannot take a hint. Conway recorded some great songs I have always been partial to singing, and having the opportunity to pay him tribute as my "other" character is a real pleasure."