March 15, 2009
Starter Kits are Country Universe’s way of introducing country music fans to an artist that they might not be fully aware of. Our first Starter Kit features Conway Twitty, the legendary Hall of Famer with forty number one singles to his credit.
After having major success on the pop charts in the fifties, Twitty crossed over to country, where he was a regular presence in the top ten from the late sixties until the early nineties. No country music fan should be without some Conway Twitty in their collection. Here are ten tracks to start off with.
“It’s Only Make Believe” from the 1958 album Conway Twitty Sings
Twitty’s clearly influenced by Elvis Presley as a vocalist on this #1 pop hit. He’d later develop a country style but never fully lose the soul sound found on his first hit.
“Hello Darlin’” from the 1970 album Hello Darlin’
Still his signature song, Twitty became a superstar with this plaintive plea to his former lover.
“How Much More Can She Stand” from the 1971 album How Much More Can She Stand
Twitty almost succeeds at making a cheating man sound sympathetic, as he ponders the weakness inside him and the impact it has on the woman that he loves but still betrays.
“You’ve Never Been This Far Before” from the 1973 album You’ve Never Been This Far Before
The first of many great suggestive Twitty hits, this song created a tremendous amount of controversy upon its release. The reality is that he’s talking about going far emotionally, not physically.
“Linda on My Mind” from the 1975 album Linda on My Mind
He claims he’s lying next to his wife with his lover Linda on his mind, but he’s really focusing his thoughts on his “soon to be the one I left behind.”
“Don’t Cry Joni” from the 1975 album The High Priest of Country Music
If you can get past the fact that he’s singing with his daughter, this is one of the best loved and lost songs of the seventies.
“This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” from the 1976 album Twitty
Something of a sequel to “How Much More Can She Stand”, his betrayed wife has finally had enough, as “she’s already stood for more than I was ever good for.”
“I’d Just Love to Lay You Down” from the 1980 album Heart & Soul
Don’t let the title fool you. This is a song about eternal love, a commitment that a man will still love his woman long after many years have gone by.
“Tight Fittin’ Jeans” from the 1981 album Mr. T
A high class woman fulfills her lifelong dream of being “a good old boy’s girl”, and Twitty is the lucky good old boy.
“That’s My Job” from the 1987 album Borderline
A father-and-son relationship told in three acts. The final act finds the singing son paying tribute to his father in the only way he knows how.