The Ballads of Conway Twitty

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Conway Twitty started out as a country singer, then switched to rockabilly and rock & roll after Elvis Presley broke open the airwaves for it, and then went back again to singing country when the Beatles changed the face of rock & roll in the early to mid-'60s. Twitty loved singing in both musical streams, and he wasn't an opportunist so much as he was practical and in touch with his audience. From the beginning his real strength was in singing ballads -- whatever the genre -- and he excelled at it. This expansive single-disc, 33-track collection from Bear Family Records gathers his early rock and pop ballads from the Sun, Mercury, and MGM record labels and spans ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Conway Twitty started out as a country singer, then switched to rockabilly and rock & roll after Elvis Presley broke open the airwaves for it, and then went back again to singing country when the Beatles changed the face of rock & roll in the early to mid-'60s. Twitty loved singing in both musical streams, and he wasn't an opportunist so much as he was practical and in touch with his audience. From the beginning his real strength was in singing ballads -- whatever the genre -- and he excelled at it. This expansive single-disc, 33-track collection from Bear Family Records gathers his early rock and pop ballads from the Sun, Mercury, and MGM record labels and spans 1956 to 1963, stopping just short of his switch to country in 1965, making it the perfect companion to Bear Family's similar set, Conway Rocks, which chronicles the more rocking material he recorded in the same time span. Highlights here include the classic "It's Only Make Believe" written by Twitty and his drummer, Jack Nance from 1958, a definitive version of "C'est Si Bon," fine takes on classics "You Win Again" and "What Am I Living For," and the delightful "Is a Bluebird Blue," written by Dan Penn. Hearing these tracks makes clear that Twitty's later switch to country was hardly a drastic move -- more like switching from one side to the other in a big, old, and very comfortable easy chair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127159823
  • Catalog Number: 2715982
  • Sales rank: 18,455

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Conway Twitty Primary Artist, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
The Jordanaires Vocals
Al Bruno Guitar
Ray Edenton Guitar
Jack Nance Drums
Harold Jenkins Guitar, Vocals
Joe E. Lewis Guitar
Billy Weir Drums
Martin Willis Saxophone
Bill Harris Bass
Jimmy Evans Bass
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Bass
Floyd T. Lightnin' Chance Bass
Harold Ray Bradley Guitar
Jimmy Ray Paulman Guitar
Technical Credits
Conway Twitty Composer
Art Harris Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Selby Coffeen Engineer
Colin Escott Illustrations, Biographical Notes
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Jack Nance Composer
Alex North Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Bob Shad Producer
Jim Vienneau Producer
Ben Weisman Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Hy Zaret Composer
Harold Jenkins Composer
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
Neal Matthews Jr. Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Martin Kalmanoff Composer
Maxine Brown Composer
Fred Jay Composer
Benton Composer
Killen Composer
Sam C. Phillips Producer
Hendricks Composer
Seelen Composer
C.J. McNeely Composer
J. Evans Composer
Jimmie Day Composer
Jim Edward Brown Composer
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