Harold Lloyd Jenkins professionally known as Conway Twitty has spent 38 years in the country music industry. He had a huge success with his rock and roll, R&B, and pop songs. During his musical career, he has received a Country Music Award and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In addition, he is one of the most influential singers in the century. Now, let us look back on one of his classic hits, “The Rose.”
It is a classic pop song written by Amanda McBroom. The song was popularized by Bette Midler. Midler recorded the song for the 1979 film, The Rose, in which it was featured during the closing credits.
According to the writer, the song “The Rose” was not intentionally written for the film. She said,
“I wrote it in 1977 or 1978, and I sang it occasionally in clubs. … Jim Nabors had a local talk show, and I sang “The Rose”on his show once”
She added that she only wrote the song in response to her manager’s suggestion. She finished writing this track in just 45 minutes. She also shared her experience upon writing this song,
“‘The Rose” is just one verse musically repeated three times. When I finished it, I realized it doesn’t have a bridge or a hook, but I couldn’t think of anything to add.”
In addition, “The Rose” is one of the most significant songs penned by McBroom. After Midler’s version was released and featured, the song became popular and has received numerous awards. With this, many different covers were published.
Conway Twitty’s Version
Country singer Conway Twitty was one of the music artists who made a cover of the song “The Rose.” His version was released in January 1983 as a single from his album, Dream Maker. Upon release, it immediately reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.
In addition, Conway’s version was his 30th number 1 single that entered into the US Country chart.
Listen to Conway Twitty’s Version of “The Rose” below: