A prolific Country Music
singer, but he wasn't always one. Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, he grew up surrounded by the music and first recorded for Mercury in the 1950s. His first hits included "It's Only Make Believe", a major pop hit. After Ray Price cut one of his songs, Twitty shifted gears and went country in the sixties. From then until his 1993 death, he was a constant presence on the charts, both as a solo artist and as a recurring duet partner with Loretta Lynn.
In his career, Twitty sent 40 singles to number one on the Hot Country Songs charts, a record that stood until 2006 when George Strait
- Ballistic Discount: The song "Saturday Night Special" features a variation of this. The narrator buys a pistol from a pawn shop with the intention of using it to kill himself, but as he is about to leave, he witnesses the shop's greedy dealer attempt to take advantage of a desperate woman attempting to hock her wedding ring.
- Common Meter: "Tight Fittin' Jeans".
- The Cover Changes The Gender: Emmylou Harris covered "Lost Her Love on Our Last Date" as "Lost His Love on Our Last Date". And just to double this up, that song is just Floyd Cramer's "Last Date" With Lyrics.
- Genre Shift: His jump from rock to country in the 1960s.
- I Will Wait for You: Present in "Don't Cry Joni".
- Intercourse with You: Most of his 1970s material was made of this trope, but "I'd Love to Lay You Down" is a pretty strong example.
- Posthumous Collaboration: He was subject to a strange one by singer Anita Cochran in 2004. She and producer Jim Ed Norman spliced his voice together to create a "duet" vocal on "I Wanna Hear a Cheatin' Song".
- His "appearances" on Family Guy as a running joke.
- Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Tight Fittin' Jeans".
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: Inverted on "I'd Love to Lay You Down", which repeats the chorus in progressively lower keys at the end.