So what is the best of Conway Twitty? Its certainly not whats on display here with half the songs unknown to anyone other than serious fans.
I know what the worst of Conway Twitty is-its the first single issued here called Shake It Up which is utterly contrived.Fortuneatly he improved
As Harold Jenkins-his real name-Conway recorded some tracks for Sun which were never issued till the late 70s.One of the songs Rockhouse was recorded by Roy Orbison.
The MGM years were the real best of-the chart topper and by 1959 the version of Mona Lisa he covered off another Sun artists Carl Mann.Here it became really interesting as Twitty was doing plenty of covers including an entire album called The Rock & Roll Story and a version of Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. He fell foul of the Weatherley Estate over his beat version of Danny Boy and had to change it to Rosaleena for British release This to me was his finest hour and its also the rarest single especially to American collectors.Strangely they can now issue this as Danny Boy with no objections
With Lonely Blue Boy the singer was inspired by Marty Wilde who'd done a version of the rejected Elvis song Danny-the 2 had met at a British TV Show
By 1964 the hits had tailed off and Twitty figured he'd go back to how he started-as a country singer.This was when his career really took off-he had enough No 1s in country to fill 2 albums.His rock'n'roll stuff also fit in here-Glen Campbell recorded Its Only Make Believe,so did Carroll Baker in Canada.No hits in the U K but there's no answer to that