Origin of Jenkins Stage Name————- Jenkins felt that his real name wasn’t marketable, and he changed his show business name in 1957. (Harold Lloyd Jenkins would always remain his legal name, however). Looking at a road map, he spotted Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. Thus, he went with the professional name of “Conway Twitty”.
Alternatively, Jenkins met a Richmond, VA, man named W. Conway Twitty Jr. through Jenkins’ manager in a New York City restaurant. The manager served in the army with the real Conway Twitty. Later, the manager suggested to Jenkins that he take the name as his stage name because it had a ring to it. The Richmond Conway Twitty subsequently recorded the song, “What’s in a Name But Trouble,” in the mid-1960s, lamenting the loss of his name to Jenkins. The flip side of the 45 RPM record was “The Purple, Purple People Eater, Eater.” (The more well known version of Purple People Eater, however, now having sold over 100,000,000 copies, was recorded by Sheb Wooley.)
Edited by piedbeauty on 21 Apr 2009, 12:51
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