It's Only Make Believe

Album: Greatest Hits (1958)
Charted: 1 1

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Conway Twitty with his drummer Jack Nance between sets at the Flamingo Lounge, Hamilton.
  • Conway Twitty was US singer Harold Lloyd Jenkins. He changed his name in 1957 upon signing with Sun Records (although nothing was released) and the next year he switched to MGM with whom he recorded this. He changed his musical style to country in 1965 and scored 41 chart toppers on the Country charts before dying from cardiac arrest in 1993.
  • In 1970, Glen Campbell's cover reached #10 in the US and #4 in Britain. UK singer Billy Fury also reached #10 with this in the UK in 1964. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

Comments: 11

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 29, 1958, Conway Twitty performed "It's Only Make Believe" on the NBC-TV network's Saturday night variety program, 'The Perry Como Show'...
    At the time "It's Only Make Believe" was in it's second week at #1 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, two weeks earlier it moved into the #1 spot, the following week it was replaced at #1 by "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio, then the next week it regained the #1 position...
    Between 1957 and 1976 the Mississippi native had nineteen Top 100 records, three made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, the above "It's Only Make Believe"...
    Besides "It's Only Make Believe", is two other Top 10 records were "Danny Boy" {#10 for 1 week in 1959} and "Lonely Blue Boy" {#6 for 1 week in 1960}...
    And on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart from 1966 to 1993 he had seventy-eight entries, sixty-three made the Top 10 with thirty-five reaching #1...
    Plus in duets with Loretta Lynn, he charted twelve more times with five peaking at #1...
    Conway Twitty, born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, passed away at the young age of 59 on June 5th, 1993...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 24th 1965, Glen Campbell performed "It's Only Make Believe" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Five years later on August 30th, 1970 his covered version of the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #70; and eight weeks later it peaked at #10 {for 1 week} and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on other charts:
    #2. Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks and in Australia...
    #3. Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and in Ireland...
    #4. Canadian RPM Country chart and the United Kingdom...
    #5. Canadian RPM 100 Pop chart...
    May God bless and watch over Mr. Campbell.
  • Pierre from Chelsea-upon-gatineau, QcConway Twitty, 59, Dies on Tour; Country Star Had 50 No. 1 Songs
    By DENNIS HEVESI (The NY Times)
    Published: June 06, 1993
    Conway Twitty, the country and western singer who brought a rich, throaty tone to dozens of steamy ballads over four decades in the music business, died yesterday at the Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. He was 59.

    The cause of death was a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach, hospital officials said. Mr. Twitty collapsed Friday night on his tour bus after a performance in nearby Branson, Mo.
  • Pierre from Chelsea, Quebec, CanadaThat song is on my TOP TEN HITS of all times !
    Pierre, Chelsea-upon-Gatineau
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny"It's Only Make Believe" reached No. 1 on 11-10-1958 for one week; then "Tom Dooley" by The Kingston Trio took over No. 1 for one week and then Conway reclaimed the No. 1 spot for one more week!!!


    November 10 "It's Only Make Believe" Conway Twitty [5]
    November 17 "Tom Dooley" The Kingston Trio [6]
    November 24 "It's Only Make Believe" Conway Twitty
  • Rick from Belfast, MeChris....maybe Conway would of made it big in singing rock.....but......thinks he made one heck of a career in singing country
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzActually, Conway Twitty had a few more pop top 40 hits after "It's Only Make Believe,", but only one of them, "Lonely Blue Boy," ever got close to making the top 10, and that was in early 1960.


    Also, while Glen Campbell has done some great stuff over the years, I don't consider his cover of this song to be one of his better recordings.
  • Chris from Chico, CaThe song has a lot of soul, and demonstrates the power and versatility of Conway Twitty's voice. Several people have indeed said they thought it was Elvis Presley singing. Too bad Twitty did not remain in rock and roll. He did have one modest succces in that genere afterward: "The Story of My Love," in which he "croaked" very convincingly on two occasions. Chris
  • Frank from Valley Stream, NyThe story that i heard was that Harold Jenkins
    changed his name to Conway Twitty-
    by closing his eyes and picking 2 spots on a map.
    Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas.
  • Phil from Borrego Springs, CaGreat song. Also like the Glen Campbell's version.
  • Ray from Ridgecrest, CaA bit of additional trivia: Conway rerecorded IOMB several times throughout his career, at one point slightly changing the lyrics. Conway also recorded IOMB three times as a duet. Once with Loretta Lynn, and twice with country singer Ronnie McDowell. One of those two recordings was arranged with a mid-tempo shuffle beat instead of the standard ballad format.
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