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When the legendary Conway Twitty first recorded “Hello Darlin'” in 1969 he likely had no idea what kind of effect it would have on the world. During that first recording session, Twitty began by singing the opening lines, “Hello darlin’, nice to see you,” but it just wasn’t flowing right. His producer, Owen Bradley, offered a suggestion: to speak the lines. And with that, a super-hit was born.
Nearly four decades after the debut of Twitty’s No.1 single, a teenager with a dream earned his own record deal in a cut-throat singing competition and got a chance to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. What song did he choose? None other than that incredible Twitty masterpiece, “Hello Darlin’.”
That teenager is Scotty McCreery, and he gave a performance-to-remember when he took to the famed stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
When he starts speaking the first line of the song, the crowd roars to life and you can hear the ladies squeal with delight – much like they would decades ago when Twitty himself was uttering those powerful words.
McCreery grew up listening to classics like Conway Twitty, so there’s no doubt he has a deep connection with the song. During a concert, he reveled in the memories of listening to the classics.
“I loved it; I just grew up with it. Nowadays things have changed a little bit. It’s not a good thing or bad thing; everything changes over time. But for me, it does not change the fact that I, Scotty McCreery, still have a love for that kind of music.”
His tribute performance of an earth-shaking country classic is nothing short of pure magic.
Watch this young superstar with an incredible talent perform “Hello Darlin'” in the video below!