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Conway Twitty played ‘street football’ on Eastman Ave.

- May 9th, 2011

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Conway Twitty and unidentified sex kitten (maybe Tuesday Weld? maybe Mamie Van Doren? Pamela Mason? Vampira? Mijanou Bardot?) who is this fabulous woman???  from Sex Kittens Go To College (1960)

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Conway Twitty promo shot from College Confidential — another Twitty flick with Mamie Van Doren (1960)

Twitty images courtesy of www.myspace.com/conwaytwittyfan

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In town for the Beck singing auditorium reunion last week, Towne Criers’ folk group member Brad Myers (above via BlackBerry snap) dropped by JBNBlog. Thanka, Brad . . . you rawk.

Brad has many remarkable memories of London music . . . .looking through a opened just enough doorway after a bouncer at the old Brass Rail befriended underage fans & let them watch Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks . . . the Stones April 1965 “riot” at the old London Gardens . . . .here’s one that puts a man called Harold Jenkins (off-stage) on Eastman Avenue back in the day.

Brad grew up at Highbury & Eastman Ave . . . rockabilly came calling at some point when a member of Conway Twitty’s band (Harold Jenkins was Twitty’s pre-stardom handle) was seeing a woman on Eastman & would drop by when the band — what was their name? anybody know? — was playing the Rail . . . Twitty may have arrived in Canada before Rompin’ Ronnie began to journey up from Arkansas if memory serves . . .. so this would likely be the late 1950s . . . at some point, Twitty’s band would play “street football” out on Eastman . . . not sure as I recall Brad’s details if Conrad was there or not . . .but why not? Makes a better post.

Any other Twitty or star sightings to report?

All these years later, it’s clear Conway Twitty as well as Elvis was spoofed by the fictional rock and roller Conrad Birdie in Bye, Bye Birdie . . . what’s your favourite Conway song? . . . he moved on from rockabilly to a long career in country.

Whatever Twitty tune is to your taste, as a title it’s hard to beat this duet hit with Loretta Lynn: You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly.

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7 comments

  1. Dr Lynn Ross says:

    Conway also played baseball on Richmond St North in the late 50′s. His aunt and uncle (or possibly cousin) somehow became gardeners on an estate next to the then residence of the Anglican Bishop of Huron, Geroge Luxton. The aunt and uncle lived in a pretty cottage on the estate. Conway visited the aunt and uncle more than once and joined in with neighborhood kids playing baseball on a large field behind the Bishop’s house. At about the same time, Peter Pocklington was the neighborhood paperboy; he joined in the games from time to time. Not sure if they ever met.

  2. greg simpson says:

    The photo from the film would be, almost certainly, Mamie van Doren. Conway did play London before Ronnie…as a matter of fact, it was Conway who told Ronnie he should take his band to Canada. Finally, in his country days the band was known as The Twitty Birds, but not sure if they called themselves that in the late 50s. I’ll be back in London on May 13th for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the Music Hall…hope to see you there James.

  3. Brad Myers says:

    If you don’t know of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings but love The Blues, do yourself a favour and go to this concert.
    They appeared at the Victoria Blues Bash two years running and were a huge hit.

  4. james.reaney says:

    We may see Ms. Jones tonight — wasn’t she a jail guard or something like that before laying down the law as a regal big=voiced singer . . . hoping to see Clarke Road’s The Legends of Motown first. There are some terrific singers, players etc in that school show.

  5. Dan Brock says:

    One of the blogs on the Internet states that Harold Lloyd Jenkins changed his name to Conway Twitty in 1957.
    An examination of the 1957 city of London directory reveals that Brad’s parents, Harold J. and Norma L. Myers, lived at 533 Highbury Ave., (ws). Eastman Ave. began (or ended) on the east side of Highbury.
    Bishop George N. Luxton lived on the east side of Richmond St., the fourth house north of the 4th Concession Road (Windermere Road). South of him lived Lawrence J. McKay. North of Luxton lived Anne Hiscox, the widow of Frederick Hiscox. (I wonder if Frederick were a descendant of Thomas Hiscox who establish a livery business in London in 1837 and which business was later taken over by his son, George T.
    The postal address for Luxton, McKay and Hiscox was R.R. 5 London. This was the same postal address for Peter Pocklington’s parents, Basil B. & F. Eilleen. (Another piece of trivia–Peter had his dad’s name engraved on the Stanley Cup. When discovered, it was x’d out.)
    All this might help to nail down when Harold Jenkins played in London before becoming Conway Twitty.

  6. Paul MacPhail says:

    Conway first came to Hamilton, Ontario, in October, 1957. He played 18 weeks at the Flamingo Club. In 1958 he returned to Hamilton and later in 1958 moved to the Brass Rail in London. His band at the time was known as “The Rockhousers” I know he played the Brass Rail from August 25-30, 1958. But, he played many times there up to 1961.
    During 1959-1961 he played the Brown Derby, Edison Hotel, Concord Hotel, and the Le Coq D’or in Toronto.

  7. james.reaney says:

    Wow. Thanks for these details. Conway could have been lofting touchdown passes at any to those times. Another mystery here is when Rompin’ Ronnie followed Conway to Canada & so to London. Actually, the Hawkins bios mention he played Hamilton first (O think). Any idea when Ronnie Hawkins might first have played London. (I ask because you have the Twittydetails in such detail). Thanks again.

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