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Conway Twitty with Jack Brickles in 1971. Twitty was appearing as the guest star while Brickles was a member of the house band.

Jack Brickles, the last living member of the originaly Twitty Bird Band, will present the Jack Brickles Show July 21 at the Palace Theatre in Crossville at 7 p.m.

The show, performed in memory of Brickles' friend Conway Twitty, will begin at 7 p.m.

Brickles traveled with Twitty as part of the Twitty Bird Band for several years and was fortunate enough to sing with Twitty on his first recording with Decca Records.

The July 21 concert will include a lot of Twitty's No. 1 hits, including "It's Only Make Believe," "Hello" and "You've Never Been This Far Before," and share stories from his time on the road that have never been heard before.

Brickles grew up with musicians like Lonnie Mack, Troy Seals, Denny Rice, who became road musicians and traveled the country. His first paying job was with Lonnie Mack as teenagers, playing some of the biggest nightclubs in their area. Mack went on to have a smash hit with "Memphis" in 1963.

Brickles then worked for Seals, a schoolmate. Seals went on to become one of the biggest song writers in country music and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

At the ripe age of 24, Brickles was working with Conway Twitty, who was still a rock-n-roll artist. Brickles stayed with Twitty as he transitioned to country music and sang on Twitty's first country hit, "Guess My Eyes Are Bigger Than My Heart." Though other musicians followed Brickles' place with Twitty, he is the last living member of the Twitty Birds, the band that went from rock to country.

Brickles left the road and went home to southwestern Ohio and started his own band, playing in clubs and music parks in the area.

Brickles now splits his time between Florida and Tennessee. The show, "In Memory of My Friend Conway Twitty," came about as Brickles reflected on his life and the people he was lucky enough to know. His wife, Gail, will join him on stage as Loretta Lynn.

Tickets are $12 per person and are now available now at the Palace Theatre. They can be purchased in advance or on the night of the show; however, there will be one show only.

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