The Smoothest Balladeer
Conway Twitty’s deep, resonant and soothing voice will always lead us back home down the country roads. Every time we hear from the smoothest balladeer of Nashville, a nostalgia automatically pinches our hearts and bring us to moments in the past. Finding his niche in country music, he held the public’s attention for more than 30 years, his impact can never be overstated. Though he passed away too soon, his posthumous success is evident with the undying blaze brought by his songs that are still played on the radio.
Conway was brave enough to explore his kind of sound. During the rising innovation in the music industry in the late 60’s, he expanded the limitations of country and pop combination by adding subtle R&B, pop, and rock ‘n roll influences. His songs have consistently peaked the chart of both country and pop for years. However, behind all these successes, he preferred his core to remain country.
Hello Darlin’, a country song of all time
One of Conway’s 41 singles that topped the chart, and have been listed in the country songs of all time, is “Hello Darlin’. Released in March 1970, the song spent four weeks on being number one at the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, making it the number one song for the year it was released. Further, the song was known to be his concert opener, as well as his signature song. Further, the recording was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Here’s a video of Conway dedicating the song to Loretta Lynn.
Hello Darlin’, the Russian version
Going out from his niche, Conway Twitty recorded a Russian version of “Hello Darlin’” on July 19, 1975. The record was commissioned for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. This is known to be the first joint space flight between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. American astronauts played the song onboard during the flight. It served as a gesture of peace and goodwill toward the Russians after years of edgy relations.
Here’s the Russian version of “Hello Darlin’,” named “Privet Radost.” Enjoy watching!