When Conway Twitty suddenly died in 1993 at the age of 59, the country music industry was taken aback. He started to get ill during a performance in Missouri, and had been in a great deal of pain on his tour bus. Twitty collapsed and was hurried to the hospital for surgical procedures that he would never wake up from.
Little did everyone know that this performance of “The Rose” would be his final moment to sing this iconic song up on stage.
Initially recorded in 1980 by Bette Midler, “The Rose” was performed again by the iconic country artist in 1983. It turned out to be his 30th #1 single.
Twitty’s rendition started with him sing-talking the first verse, and his trademark growl showed up once or twice throughout the song.
The very last time he performed “The Rose” was in 1992, just a few months before he died. Seeing this video gets us teary-eyed, understanding as we do now how memorable this performance is. Even though this was near the end of his life, the caliber of his singing hadn’t diminished whatsoever.
See the video clip below, and grab some tissues because this is going to bring back all the feels.