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George Jones Honors Conway Twitty with Powerful Rendition of ‘Hello Darlin’

Watch George Jones as He Pays Tribute To Conway Twitty With "Hello Darlin'"
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Days after the world lost the legendary Conway Twitty, another country legend paid tribute to the late singer with an emotional rendition of his iconic “Hello Darlin’,” and it’s none other than George Jones.

“Thank goodness for George Jones,” said the host during the tribute. “He’s just recorded a new album, and he’s going to sing one of the numbers for ya tonight…To me it’s the most poignant, poignant thing the entire evening.”

Jones then came into view and delivered a remarkable performance of the heart-wrenching “Hello Darlin’.” The audience was noticeably moved as he concluded his powerful performance.

Following Jones’ performance, an emotional Loretta Lynn took the stage to honor her longtime friend and music partner with a meaningful performance of one of Twitty’s biggest hits, “It’s Only Make Believe.”

Twitty passed away in 1993 at the age of 59. In honor of the music icon, Jones released his rendition of “Hello Darlin’,” from his 1993 album High Tech Redneck. Jones originally recorded a cover version in 1972.

Conway Twitty’s Iconic Hit in the 1970s

Written by Conway Twitty himself, “Hello Darlin’” tells the tale of a man who runs into his old flame.

“Hello, darlin’. Nice to see you. It’s been a long time. You’re just as lovely as you used to be,” the man acknowledged her as he tried to put up his bravado, saying he’s getting along fine without her. But he admitted, “I can’t sleep, and I cry all night ’til dawn.”

The man detailed his deep sorrow from the mistakes that led to the end of their relationship, then – after sharing one last embrace – he let her go.

“Goodbye, darlin’. I gotta go now. Gotta try to find a way to lose these memories of a love so warm and true. And if you should ever find it in your heart to forgive me, come back, darlin’. I’ll be waitin’ for you,” the song goes.

The song became Twitty’s fourth No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart, spending four weeks at the top in 1970. “Hello Darlin’” was also named the No. 1 song of the year.

Released in 1970 as the first single and title track from Twitty’s album, “Hello Darlin’” became a country standard and his signature song.

Twitty’s impact on country music cannot be overstated. His legacy still lives on. Tune in below and watch George Jones honor him with a poignant performance of “Hello Darlin’.”

 

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