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Conway Twitty Story
An Authorized Biography
By Wilbur Cross and Michael Kosser
Dolphin Book
1986
193 Pages
ISBN:  0-385-23198-9

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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 performer™an extraordinary look at a man whose life and times stand as the quintessentailly American rags-to-riches success story.

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 to miss.

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.