Today in Country Music, June 5, featuring Conway Twitty.
Today in Country Music, June 5
On this day in 2011, Scotty Mccreery made country music history with his first single, "I Love You This Big," which was the highest-charting debut for a new artist in more than two decades.
Today in 2007, Tim Mcgraw & Faith Hill received the academy of country music's career achievement award.
In 1943, the grand ole opry took a new home at the Ryman auditorium, where it remained until 1974 when it moved to the opry house.
And on this day IN 1993 Conway Twitty died from a stomach aneurysm in a Springfield, Missouri.
Conway Twitty, brought a rich, throaty tone to dozens of steamy ballads over four decades in the music business, died June 5, 1993 at the Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. He was 59.
The cause of death was a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach, hospital officials said. Mr. Twitty collapsed on his tour bus after a performance in nearby Branson, Mo.
Conway Twitty, whose real name was Harold Jenkins -- was poring over a map one day and noticed the towns of Conway, Ark., and Twitty, Tex. -- began as a rock-and-roll singer in the 1950's, and his song, "Lonely Blue Boy," went gold. His biggest hit, "It's Only Make Believe," hit the top of the pop charts in 1958.
Eventually, Conway had more than 50 No. 1 songs on the country charts. He specialized in ballads of lost love, with "Tight Fittin' Jeans," "Hello Darlin'," and "After All the Good is Gone" among his biggest hits. Duets With Loretta Lynn.