He's one of the reigning kings of country music; the true-life model for the
teen idol in Bye Bye Birdie. With more number-one hits than Merle Haggard,
Hank Wiliams, or Loretta Lynn, Twitty with his singular sound can be heard
coast to coast, making him one of the most phenomenally popular crossover artists
today. Now for the millions of Conway Twitty fans, here is the first and only
authorized biography of this legendary performeran extraordinary look
at a man whose life and times stand as the quintessentailly American rags-to-riches success
In this colorful, vivid portrait packed with memorable and fascinating
anecdotes, you'll meet the dirt-poor Southern boy who grew up on a houseboat
in Mississippi and Arkansas; and who, by the age of twelve, was writing
songs and hosting his own local Saturday morning radio show. You'll learn
about the athletic teenager who was called "the best professional baseball
prospect around Helena, Arkansas" by Sports Illustrated, and soon
afterwas offered a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. And you'll
discover the wonderful music man who turned a prodigious talent into
a lifelong career of composing and singing everything from rockabilly,
blues, and rock and roll, to gospel, bluegrass, and mainstream country.
With an unforgettable string of classics, including "It's Only Make Believe",
"Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (with Loretta Lynn), and "Hello Darlin',"
Conway Twitty has deservedly won a unique place in America's music history.
And the Conway Twitty Story: An Authorized Biography shows you why. With
many never before published photos from Twitty's personal archives, and
interviews with his family and firends (Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis,
and others), this intimate and revealing life story is one you won't want
Wilbur Cross's more than twenty previous books include
"Kids and Booze" and "Presidential Courage". He lives in Mt. Vernon, New York.
Nashville songwriter Michael Kosser's works have been recorded by, among
others, Twitty and Tammy Wynette.