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Looking Back: 40, 50 Years Ago in Conway History (May 1971 & 1981)

Everyone has certain songs they can listen to endlessly on repeat without ever tiring of them. For me, two of those songs celebrate very special milestones this month.  How Much More Can She Stand was written by Harry Compton, half of the Compton Brothers whose cover of the Gene Simmons hit  Haunted House reached #11 in 1969. (Coincidentally I have a 1968 concert recording of Conway performing  Haunted House  with a little assistance from drummer Porkchop.) They introduced How Much More Can She Stand to Conway prior to a show in Wisconsin. "One of the Compton Brothers got me off in the dressing room back there," Conway later recalled, "and said, 'Boy, we got a song here that we wrote, and we really believe in, and we pitched it to everybody in Nashville and everybody hates it. We think it's good, and we value your opinion and'd like to see what you think about it.' So they sang this song to me, and I said, 'You mean to tell me that everybody in Nash
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My Lifelong Love Affair with Conway Twitty

As a little girl growing up in the 1980's classic country music was the soundtrack of my formative years. My parents' favorites including Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Merle Haggard were always playing in our home, but it was Conway Twitty, an artist I discovered on my own, who captured my heart and has never let it go. My lifelong love affair with Conway began when I heard The Clown and  The Rose in close succession . These songs came out in 1982 and 1983 and since I would've only been 5 at the time I assume it was a few years later when I really got into country radio that I first heard them. Even at that young age I remember thinking his voice was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard, and that opinion has never wavered.  In 1990 my parents started taking me to country music concerts. I was incredibly fortunate to see so many amazing artists, but Conway was always just out of reach. A few different times in the late '80s and early '90s he performed in Glen