1933 - 1993
Harold Lloyd Jenkins was born in Friars Point, Mississippi on September 1, 1933. The son of a river boat captain, he learned to play guitar by age 5. By the time he reached age 10, he had already formed his own band called "The Phillips Country Ramblers", and was featured on KFFA in Helena Arkansas.
After High School he was offered a contract to play professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies, but Uncle Sam and the draft board had other ideas...
After a stint in the U.S. Army, he took on Rock and Roll musically, and chose to Stage name to perform under, taken from Conway, Arkansas and Twitty Texas.
As a rock n' roller, Conway gained monumental success with a song he wrote and recorded in 1958. "It's Only Make Believe" became a million seller! Seven years later, he returned to making country music and began a remarkable run of hits,(55 number one hits) several of which as part of the award winning duo with Loretta Lynn.
Outside of music, Conway was quite a successful business man, owning several publishing companies, half of United Talent, and a major stock holder in the Nashville Sounds Baseball Team.
Conway has been described as one of the most honest men in the business, who would put dignity above all else. In June of 1993, the world lost Conway to an aneurysm....
Throughout his career, Conway had
many nicknames, "Lonely Blue Boy", The High Priest of County
Music", "Mr.T" , "The Heartland Heartthrob", and the
one name that says it best about this legend of music... "The Best friend a
Song Ever Had".
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