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Conway Twitty: Christmas Caroler?

Most know country legend Conway Twitty for his iconic voice and such hits as “Hello Darlin’” and “You’ve Never Been This Far Before.” But not many are aware that he also penned a Christmas carol. Written under his given name, Harold Jenkins, “Snow for Johnny” is a heartwarming holiday greeting that proved Conway wasn’t just the premier balladeer of his generation.

The song, most famously recorded by Burl Ives, gets a folksy spin from Georgia country group Lauren St. Jane and the Dead Westerns on the terrific new charity holiday album A Rock by the Sea Christmas: Volume 3. The organization Rock by the Sea aims to produce music festivals and events to benefit cancer charities, including this year’s beneficiary, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Fla.

Other highlights on A Rock by the Sea Christmas include country-rocker Travis Denning’s wry “Ballad of Rudolph” and Will Turpin (of Georgia rock group Collective Soul) interpreting “What Child Is This?”

Look for more on this season’s Christmas albums in the Nov.19 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Nov. 12.

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