‘In McMinnville, Tennessee on Saturday 23 April 2022, I was happy to see an old friend backstage.
It was the longtime bus driver for Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 – Saturday 5 June 1993) and Loretta Lynn, Mr. Billy Parks.
Billy and I traveled a lot of miles together back when I first started my career as the opening act for Conway & Loretta.
I know I’ve told this story before, but when I was first starting out, before I had my own bus or my own band, I was driving my own car to open for Conway and Loretta’s shows.
I followed them on the road and so it might be a 12-hour drive from one show to the next, catch a few hours of sleep before it was time for soundcheck, then it was showtime.
I was completely worn out. Kind-hearted Loretta took notice and insisted that I stop driving my car and ride her bus.
Billy Parks made me feel very welcome on the bus and I always appreciated that’
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