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Your ears may tell you it’s Conway Twitty, the legendary country star who who scored 55 No. 1 hits before his untimely death at age 59. But, your eyes, if you have good vision, will tell you otherwise.
In reality, it’s Glen Templeton, whose voice is as close to Conway Twitty as we’re ever going to get again.
Templeton, who released his first country single, “I Could Be the One” in 2011, is deeply involved in singing country, but still remains unsure whether he chose country music or it chose him.
“I probably had ten or eleven jobs from the time I got out of high school until the time I finally moved to Nashville,” Templeton explains on his official site, “and I think I was probably fired ten or eleven times too!”
Templeton says his bosses got tired of him showing up for work “bleeding through the eyes from being out singing and playing music the night before.” Sooner or later, he got fired. And, the more jobs he lost, the the less professional the next job would be.
“One day you’re working at the Chevrolet garage or running heavy equipment and the next thing you know you’re digging ditches by hand with a shovel. That’s why I say I think country music kind of chose me. It just kept pulling on me, no matter what the cost was at the time.”
In 2008, Templeton’s life changed big time. Conway Twitty’s daughters hand picked him to play the their iconic father in the touring musical tribute, Conway Twitty: The Man, The Music, The Legend.
According to The Calhoun Times, with more than 20,000 hopefuls auditioning for the part, Templeton was the one with THE voice. His gravelly delivery had the same qualities as Conway’s.
“I was singing his songs and hearing people react to them the way they must have reacted to him,” Templeton fondly recalled. “In a way, it was like getting a chance to literally walk in the shoes of one of my musical heroes.”
Now, if we can just get Loretta Lynn and Glen Templeton to sing a duet of “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” our dreams will have all come true.
Shut your eyes and listen to GT sing “Goodbye Time”, released by Twitty in 1988. It’s almost like having him back again.
What do you think of Glen Templeton’s cover of Conway Twitty? Bring back any memories?