This Day in Music History

It was this day in 1958 that Conway Twitty had his first #1 hit song.  And it wasn’t a country song.  Find out more below.


Between 1965 and his death in 1993, the legendary Conway Twitty placed an astonishing 40 #1 hits on the country-music charts. Indeed, no performer in the history of country music, including Garth Brooks, ever put together a stretch as dominant as Twitty did during the peak years of his career between 1974 and 1982, when 24 out of 33 consecutively released singles became country #1s. But those who know Conway Twitty only through such country hits as “Hello Darlin'” (1970) and “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” (1981) may be surprised to learn that a man known as the “High Priest of Country Music” began his career as a bona fide rock-and-roller. On this day in 1958—fully 10 years before his first country chart-topper—Conway Twitty scored his very first #1 hit on the pop charts, with the rock-and-roll ballad “It’s Only Make Believe.”

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