The iconic Conway Twitty is among the many musicians who departed our world too early, and who is still sorely missed.
Twitty had a very unique tone of voice, and can never be succeeded, nor forgotten.
He recorded 55 #1 hits and was the record holder for most No. 1’s right up until George Strait smashed Twitty’s record in 2006. Twitty won six ACM awards, four CMA awards, two Grammys and had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
His voice is definitively distinct from virtually any other, and it features a characteristic growl that has become Twitty’s trademark sound. This came out during his very first recording session, when the technician was surprised by a strange noise – Twitty’s very first growl. He confessed that he was very worried and even requested to start again, but the tech kept the growl in and it grew to be a part of his unique sound.
“That growl has been a component of my singing style for so long as I can recall, from the very first time I recorded,” he once explained.
This list has been narrowed down to only five of his very best tunes. It was tough to decide, but let’s check out Twitty’s top five recorded songs!
5. THE ROSE
Twitty recorded his rendition of Bette Midler’s tune in 1983 for his album Dream Maker. It quickly hit the top spot and ended up being his 30th #1 on the country charts.
His talk-singing at the start of the song is vintage Conway, not to mention totally iconic. Numerous performers have incorporated some sing-talk within their music after his example.
“The Rose” had been a standard at Twitty’s shows throughout the course of his career, and is probably his most famous cover song, accompanied by our next pick of Twitty’s greatest songs ever…
4. SLOW HAND
Very few fans know this, but “Slow Hand” is in fact not really a Conway Twitty original.
It was initially released by The Pointer Sisters during the spring of 1981 as the advance single for their album Black & White.
Twitty released his rendition on April 1982, with a few lyric-adjustments to match a male persona.
His rendition achieved #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and stayed there for a few weeks. This would be the last multi-week #1 song of his career.