This unashamed puff piece presents the rags-to-riches story of Harold Jenkins, a Mississippi-born, Arkansas-bred product of the Depression years who grew up listening to the Grand Old Opry on radio and later became a singer himself, picking his stage name from Conway, Ark., and Twitty, Tex. He rose to the top as a star of rock and roll, patterning his style on Elvis Presley, and then, although strongly advised against the move, switched to country music and rose to the top again. Twitty's biography might be easier to take if he weren't presented as a slight bit better than perfect. Photos not seen by PW. (August 1)
Harold Jenkins had never been to Conway, Arkansas or Twitty, Texas when he picked the show business name that has served him so well. Trivia like that must suffice in a biography of a country celebrity who says, ``I don't have many stories to tell because I'm not the social type.'' Besides standard background information, the book reveals the singer-songwriter to be an image-conscious workaholic who prefers to be known through his music. That may be great for his audiences, but it doesn't make for a very probing life story. Nonetheless, Twitty's legion of fans should appreciate this inside account of a ``regular guy'' who shucked rock'n'roll stardom for the country music he really wanted to perform. Will Hepfer , SUNY at Buffalo Libs.