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!