There is a movement afoot to name a Helena street in honor of country music icon Conway Twitty.

There is a movement afoot to name a Helena street in honor of country music icon Conway Twitty.

Larry Evans, chairman of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce's Safety Committee, is proposing to rename a section of Biscoe Street, from the Helena Bridge to Arkansas Street, to honor Twitty.

"Please join in an effort to show recognition to a hometown music icon," commented Evans.

Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins just across the Mississippi River in Friar's Pointe, Mississippi on Sept. 1, 1933. He and his family moved to Helena when he was 10 years old. During his teen years, Twitty formed his first singing group called the Phillips County Ramblers. He also had his own weekly Saturday morning radio broadcast.

Baseball, next to music, was Twitty's second passion. He received an offer to play for the Philadelphia Phillies after high school but was drafted into the army. He served in the Far East and formed a band to entertain his fellow troops.

Twitty experienced success on various national music charts including pop, rock and roll as well as country and western. His first big success was "It's Only Make Believe." His biggest Country hit was "Hello Darlin'" released in 1970. He later went on to record cover versions of popular hits as "The Rose" and "Slow Hand." More than 50 of his singles topped the charts.

"The renaming would not do away with the current name Biscoe," reported Evans. "The commemorative name of Conway Twitty Blvd. or Parkway would be an addition allowing for new signage."

"If you find merit in this idea email Mayor Jay Hollowell at mayor@helena-westhelena.us.