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Died On This Date (June 5, 1993) Conway Twitty / Country Music Icon

Posted by themusicsover on June 5, 2010

Conway Twitty (Born Harold Jenkins)
September 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993

During his time, Conway Twitty was one country music’s most successful artists, landing 45 singles at the #1 slot of the music charts.  Twitty was already singing on his local radio station by the time he hit his early teens, while also excelling at baseball.  The Philadelphia Phillies were interested in signing him when he got out of high school, but the US Army beat them to the punch.   After serving his country, Twitty took a cue from Elvis Presley headed down his musical path by way of Sun Studios in Memphis.  Twitty would eventually release of string of hits that spanned country, rock ‘n roll and R & B.   His first single, “It’s Only Make Believe” sold a staggering 8 million copies.  In 1982, Twitty opened an entertainment complex called Twitty City, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tennessee at the time.  While on tour in 1993, Twitty became ill and passed away of an abdominal aneurysm.  He was 59 years old.

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