Hello Darlin' (1970)

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Conway Twitty (born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1, 1933, in Friars Point, Mississippi, died of abdominal aneurysm June 5, 1993, on his tour bus in Missouri.)

Conway Twitty's dad was a riverboat pilot who taught him guitar at the age of four. After high school, Twitty was an avid baseball player, and received an offer to join the Philadelphia Phillies. Instead, he was drafted by the army. When he got out, Twitty heard Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train" and began writing songs.

While recording "Hello Darlin'" on November 18, 1969, Twitty sang the opening lines, but it didn't feel right. Producer Owen Bradley suggested speaking the lines ("Hello darlin', nice to see you.")

In 1975, Conway Twitty, with the help of a language professor from the University of Oklahoma, recorded a Russian version of "Hello Darlin'", titled "Privet Radost". It was presented by an American commander to his Russian counterpart during a joint space venture, and was broadcast to a worldwide audience as a gesture of goodwill.

Twitty had a total of 55 singles reach #1 on various US music charts, a record to this day.

Chart position:
#1 (US Country).

It was #1 for 4 weeks in June 1970. It was also awarded by Billboard as the #1 Country single of 1970.

Written by:
Conway Twitty.

Twitty wrote many of his own hit songs, including "(Lying Here With) Linda On My Mind", "You've Never Been This Far Before", "I Can't Believe She Gives It All To Me", "I Can't See Me Without You", "I've Already Loved You In My Mind", "(Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date" (co-written by Floyd Cramer,) "Baby's Gone", "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet", "The Letter", "As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone", and many more.

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