Although born in Friars Point, Mississippi, on Sept. 1, 1933, Conway Twitty (nee' Harold Jenkins) grew up on the other side of the Mississippi River in Helena (Phillips County), Arkansas. He made his debut on Helena's famed KFFA radio station at age 12. In the 1940s, still known as Harold Jenkins, has had a country group called the Phillips County Ramblers, after his Arkansas home. This merged into a harder- rocking group called the Rockhousers. Phillips County native Levon Helm recalled seeing Jenkins and the boys in places like West Helena's Delta Supper Club: "He had all the rockabilly moves -- the stutter, the twiches, the strut," Helm wrote in his 1994 autobiography. "Oh boy, were they good." In fact, Jenkins provided Helm, who gained fame performing with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Band, his stage debut at a Delta Supper Club performance. In 1955, Twitty cut demos for Sun Records in nearby Memphis under his newly-adopted moniker of Conway Twitty: Conway for Conway, Arkansas, and Twitty for Twitty, Texas. In 1957, he landed a small rockabilly hit, "I Need Your Lovin,'" which cracked the top 100. The next year, he had a #1 pop smash, "It's Only Make Believe," which he co-wrote. Nineteen-sixty yielded a top 10 hit, "Lonely Boy Blue." A certified pop star, Twitty appeared in teenybopper film and on TV shows, but in a couple of years, the hits fizzled. He reorganized with a country band in 1964. Two years later, he signed with Decca. Two years after this, he had made it again to the top, scoring #1 hits with "Next In Line and "I Love You More Today." In 1971, he first teamed with Loretta Lynn for the first of a long string of duet hits. By 1975, Conway Twitty had become an musician of such stature that a copy of "Privet Radost," his Russian-language version of "Hello Darlin,'" was presented by an American commander to his Russian counterpart during a joint space venture. In 1982, he opened up Twitty City, a nine-acre theme park. He also ventured into the fast food business with Twitty Burgers. And the country hits kept coming. But on June 5, 1993, they stopped. Twitty collapsed after a performance in Branson, Mo. He later died in a Springfield, Mo., hospital of a stomach hemmorage. In 1998, he was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.