Conway Twitty – Sweet Sorrow / It's Drivin' Me Wild (1961, Vinyl) - Discogs

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About the song

Conway Twitty, the “Dean of Double Trouble,” and his foray into a lesser-known gem, Sweet Sorrow. For those familiar with Twitty’s later, more traditional countrypolitan sound, this 1962 offering might come as a surprise. Here, we find the Mississippi native with one foot planted firmly in the burgeoning Rock and Roll scene, and the other dipping its toes in the familiar waters of country heartbreak.

Sweet Sorrow predates Twitty’s iconic pairing with Loretta Lynn by a few years, but it still embodies a similar thematic core – the complexities of love and loss. Released on the heels of his rockabilly hits like “It’s Only Make Believe,” Twitty wasn’t quite ready to fully abandon his rock and roll roots.

Sweet Sorrow bridges the gap, showcasing a sound that leans heavily on the driving rhythm section and prominent electric guitar characteristic of the era. However, Twitty’s unmistakable baritone weaves its magic, imbuing the song with a touch of country twang that keeps it grounded.

The opening lines set the stage for this melancholic paradox: “There’s a tear in my eye, but a smile on my face.” This simple yet powerful imagery captures the essence of Sweet Sorrow, a song that explores the contradictory emotions that arise from a love that’s faded but left its mark.

The lyrics paint a picture of a love lost, but the hurt is laced with a bittersweet remembrance. The narrator acknowledges the pain, the “tear in his eye,” but there’s also a flicker of a smile, a hint of the joy that once existed.

Sweet Sorrow is a fascinating anomaly in Twitty’s expansive discography. It stands as a testament to his artistic versatility, showcasing his ability to navigate between genres while still retaining his own distinct vocal style. This track is a must-listen for any fan of classic country or early rock and roll, offering a glimpse into the evolution of a legendary performer and the complex tapestry of human emotions.

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