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CD Review: Oh Boy Classics Presents Conway Twitty - Conway Twitty

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Reviewed by Carrie Attebury

It is hard to believe that Conway Twitty's golden voice has been silent for eight years now. He is sorely missed. There is no one in the field of country music that could ever hold a candle to him. Oh Boy Records has just released an album containing 14 of Conway's Greatest Hits. It's really nice to hear these great old tunes again.

"It's Only Make Believe" is my absolute favorite Conway song. All I have to hear is the beginning of the chorus "My one and only prayer is that someday you'll care," and I feel like screaming and jumping up and down like the women you see in Conway's concert videos.

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"Hello Darlin'" was Conway Twitty's signature song. Every time I hear this song is like the first time. I have always loved the way Conway begins the song "Hello darlin" in that half whisper style of his.

"15 Years Ago" is the story of a man who is happily married, but is harboring too strong of feelings for an old love. "15 years ago and I still feel the same, why did he have to mention your name? I'm as broken up inside as if it's been a week or so. It takes a mighty long time to get a real love off your mind. I know I've tried since 15 years ago." Avid country music fans are sure to remember Ben Colder's parody of this song, "15 Beers Ago."

"Danny Boy," as we all know, is an old Irish tune. Conway took the song, picked up the tempo, added a honky tonk piano and made it in a 1950s rock and roll style rock and roll tune.

"You've Never Been This Far Before" (the boom boom boom song) is one of Conway's greatest and I am sure most controversial songs.

"This Time I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me" is a song about a guy who has used up his last "attaboy" with the lady he loves. He is so far in the doghouse that even the dog has kicked him to the curb. "I've been too busy drinkin'. She's been too busy thinkin' about the kind of love she needs and the man she never sees. She has already stood for more then I am ever good for. This time I hurt her more then she loves me."

"On Our Last Date" was originally a Floyd Cramer instrumental called "Last Date." It has always been a favorite of mine. The tinkling piano notes and Conway's voice are a very good combination.

"Don't Cry Joni" is one of those songs that never fails to make me cry. This is the story of a young lady who is in love with an older man. She confesses her feelings and he tells her that she is just too young and she vows to wait for him forever. He goes away and is consumed with his thoughts of her. He falls in love with her and then goes back to his hometown and her. Unfortunately, time has changed her feelings and she has married his best friend. Conway has a partner in this song. It is his daughter Joni Lee. The fact that this is a father/daughter duet makes this song even more special and that much more of a tearjerker.

Song List

  1. It's Only Make Believe
  2. Hello Darlin'
  3. Fifteen Years Ago
  4. Danny Boy
  5. You've Never Been This Far Before
  6. To See My Angel Cry
  7. This Time I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me
  8. On Our Last Date
  9. She Needs Someone To Hold Her When She Cries
  10. Linda On My Mind
  11. Baby's Gone
  12. Don't Cry Joni
  13. (I Can't Believe) She Gives It All To Me
  14. I'm Not Through Loving You Yet

Audio clips courtesy of Amazon.com
All graphics © Shelly Fabian, except the album cover, used with permission of Oh Boy Records.

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