Lost Treasures: Conway Twitty – “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On”

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Harold Jenkins, who was once a teen radio DJ wasn’t happy with his real name as he embarked on a singing career.  According to Billboard book author Fred Bronson:  “the singer was looking at a road map when he spotted Conway, Arkansas, and Twitty, Texas, and chose the name Conway Twitty.”  His early career was patterned much after Elvis Presley, and the similarity in voices , singing styles & choice of material, many thought Twitty’s first single “It’s Only Make Believe” was indeed Elvis.  The singer would soon find much more success as a country artist.

This week’s “Lost Treasure” is the A-side of a 1960 MGM single & Conway Twitty’s cover of the well-known rocker usually associated with Jerry Lee Lewis.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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