Country Rewind: Watch Conway Twitty Perform ‘The Rose’ For the Last Time in 1992

by Keeli Parkey

To put it simply, Conway Twitty was a country music star and icon. Thanks to his numerous hit songs, he certainly left his mark on the genre.

So when he passed away in 1993, his death left a major void in the country music world. The year before his untimely death he performed one of his most popular songs for the last time. And, luckily for country music fans, the performance was caught on camera.

According to, that popular song was “The Rose.” And, Conway Twitty brought his own spin to the song made famous by Bette Midler beginning in 1980. This iconic songstress brought the song to fame in the movie of the same name.

The country music superstar first recorded the song in 1983. Fans loved it. And thanks to their adoration, it became the 30th No. 1 single of Twitty’s career.

For his version, Twitty decided to speak the lyrics at the beginning. Those lyrics including the moving phrases: “Some say love, it is a river / And that it drowns the tender reed / And some say love, it’s like a razor / And that it leaves your soul to bleed.”

Twitty then begins singing the lyrics in his familiar voice. He brings all the emotion that Bette Midler did to the song. However, his version conveys a different feeling. Maybe it’s because he offered a different perspective on the song. Maybe it’s his country music background. Or maybe it’s because of the pain he is able to convey in his voice. Who knows?

Whatever the reason, Conway Twitty’s version of “The Rose” is not to be missed. You can watch him perform it during 1992 below.

Conway Twitty Passed Away When He Was Only 59 Years Old

While out on the road during 1993, Conway Twitty became sick. He was in Missouri and got on his tour bus. He later collapsed. Twitty was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. Sadly, the country music icon never came out of the surgery.

Twitty was only 59 years old at the time of his death. He passed away on June 5, 1993. Prior to his death the singer had already completed his “Final Touches” album. It was released two months after his death. He was laid to rest at Sumner Memorial Gardens, which is located in Gallatin, Tennessee. His tombstone bears his birth name, which was Harold L. Jenkins.

Loretta Lynn, with whom Conway Twitty had worked with for years, said she felt great sadness about his death.

“I wish every day that Conway was still here. Losing him nearly killed me and (husband) Doo both. He was like a brother to me,” Lynn once said.