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Miss. Country Music Trail To Honor Twitty

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FRIARS POINT, Miss. (AP) -- Conway Twitty, who started as a teen rock idol in the 1950s and crossed over to country to become a star, will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.

The marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m. Thursday in Friars Point.

Twitty was born in Frairs Point in 1933, as Harold Lloyd Jenkins, named after the silent movie star. He changed his name in 1957 by borrowing from Conway, Ark., and Twitty, Texas.

After spending many years as a songwriter, his performing career took off with the name change. He recorded more than 40 No. 1 hits, including "Hello Darlin'," "It's Only Make Believe," "Tight-Fittin' Jeans" and "Linda On My Mind."

Twitty died in 1993 at the age of 59.

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