We don’t often think of the greats of country music as being the big stars that appeared on the Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show in the ’50s. But, sometimes you get lucky and find a gem like this one from Conway Twitty. Known in later years for more of a country sound and less of a rockabilly attitude, Twitty is clearly channeling the latter in this clip from 1959. After an introduction from Dick Clark we get to see Twitty stroll through the building on a meandering path to the stage.
Conway Twitty’s hit “It’s Only Make Believe” was a chart-topper in 1958 and 1959 and continued to be a fan favorite at concerts for decades afterwards. Have a listen below to one of the great songs from that decade, sung in the more pop style of a country legend. And, for another great hit from 1959 click here.