New Lyrics Possibly Written By Conway Twitty Discovered
Conway Twitty passed away in 1993 at the age of 59, but fans may be able to hear new music from him.
According to the Tennessean, in October 1994, over 2,000 of Twitty’s possessions were auctioned off during a three-day estate sale. Items included clothing, cars, guitars, jewelry and more. They were all part of his country music entertainment complex called Twitty City in Hendersonville, Tenn. In attendance was Mike Patton, an avid music and movie memorabilia collector.
“Conway Twitty was one of my favorite singers,” Patton says. “He died so suddenly that I just wanted to get something to remember him by.”
He purchased a stack of yellowed papers, took them to his Galesburg, Ill., home “and stuck them away for a long, long time.”
This year, Patton began downsizing his memorabilia collections before moving to a smaller home, and his friend, Ramsey Dean of Chicago, helped. When looking at the papers of Twitty’s lyrics, Dean realized only four of the eight songs had been recorded.
Included in the old writings is a lyric sheet titled “Little Darlin'” which seems to be an early draft of “The Story of My Love,” recorded by Twitty for his debut record in 1959. Another is likely to be a half-finished draft of “Together Forever.”
Some lyrics were copyrighted (“I Kinda, Sorta Think You’re Wonderful”) but never recorded by Twitty or registered with a performing rights organization. A song called “I Want Everyone to Know” was written by Twitty but not found in either the U.S. Copyright Office database or the BMI repertoire database, according to the Tennessean.
“If these can be proven to be Conway’s work, there might be some (artists) interested in doing something with them,” says Jay Orr of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
“I think it would be fascinating to have more songs written by Conway,” Orr adds, “but without his inimitable vocal style applied to them, they wouldn’t be the same. He was able to transform a song with his performance. If you look at the lyrics to “Linda on My Mind,” they don’t have quite the same impact on the page that they would coming out of his mouth.”
During Twitty’s 35-year career, he recorded 55 No. 1 records and a total of 110 albums according to his official website. He had several duet hits with Loretta Lynn and was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
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