December 25, 2011
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Conway Twitty has sold over 50 million records. He recorded 110 albums, including this 1983 Christmas album, Merry Twismas. Born in Friars Point, Mississippi, as Harold Lloyd Jenkins, he was given his first guitar at age four. His family moved to what is now Helena-West Helena (Phillips County) when Jenkins was ten, and soon thereafter, he formed his first band, the Phillips County Ramblers. When he was recording at Sun Studios in Memphis, he took the stage name of Conway Twitty, combining the names of two citiesConway (Faulkner County) and Twitty, Texas.