Hello Darlin’ – Goodnight Sweetheart – 24K Gold Music Shows
24K Gold Music Shows puts their all into this version of “Hello Darlin’ which was released in 1970 and made a big hit for Conway Twitty. They do a great job of paying tribute to Conway Twitty (as they perform many of Conway’s songs). The six girl singers of 24K Gold Music sing backup and dance during the song. It was a very popular song they performed many times during their shows.
Conway Twitty used the song to open his concerts. It was his fourth No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles Chart and was named the No. 1 song of 1970. Conway Twitty also sang the song with Loretta Lynn when they performed together. It was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
24K Gold Music Show’s emcee, Doyle Armstrong, used to ask who had heard of Harold Lloyd Jenkins (Conway’s real name) and very few people would respond but most everyone recognized the name Conway Twitty (his stage name). He died June 5, 1993 at the age of 59. George Jones did a version of the song as a tribute to Conway. Other artists who recorded the song were Lynn Anderson, Bobby Bare, Wanda Jackson, and Charley Pride, just to name a few.
Conway also sang a Russian version in 1975 that was broadcast to a worldwide audience as part of a project as a gesture of goodwill from the Apollo Crew to the Russian cosmonauts.
The 24K Gold Music video clip also features “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” which was released by the Spaniels in 1954. The best-selling version of the song was by the McGuire Sisters also in 1954 with a million copies sold. Other artists who recorded the song were Johnnie and Jack (1954), Sunny Gale (1954), and Ella Mae Morse, along with many others. In the 70’s it was used by Sha Na as the closing song for their variety show. DJ Dick Biondi used it to close his Chicago radio show every night for many years.