“Hello Darlin’, Nice to See You” is a line from Conway Twitty’s signature and timeless song. This line on his song being spoken has added a twist that made it the most memorable part of his song “Hello Darlin’.” Conway may have previously placed songs at No. 1 (“It’s Only Make Believe,” “Next in Line,” “I Love You More Today,” and “To See My Angel Cry.”) but “Hello Darlin’” became his best-known song. In addition, the opening line in Conway’s song was only mentioned once.
“Hello Darlin’” Chart Performance
“Hello Darlin’” marked Conway’s fifth No. 1 song on the Billboard Country chart in 1970. In addition, his song crossed over to the Billboard pop chart at No. 60. Since the popularity of the song, Twitty always used this song as his opening act during his shows or concerts. His song was nominated in 1970 during the 13th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Country Song. Moreover, “Hello Darlin’” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
The opening line of Conway’s song was sung first. However, it did not have an appeal, therefore, his producer, Owen Bradley, told him to speak the words instead of singing it.
The Song’s Meaning
The song was written by Conway, and some believe that it was for Loretta Lynn. The song speaks of a love that was lost. It begins with two ex-lovers meeting and asking if how each other are doing. The woman already found another man to love while the narrator says he is doing fine. However, he eventually caves in to his emotions and told her he misses her, and he still thinks of her. As the song goes on, the two ex-lovers kiss and say their goodbyes. The narrator still hopes that his lover might change her mind, and told her that,
“And if you should ever
Find it in your heart
To forgive me
I'll be waiting for you.”
No one can resist Conway’s song “Hello Darlin’,” even the country singers. Therefore, they recorded their own versions. Some of the artists who made a cover version of the song were George Jones, Lynn Anderson, Bobby Bare, Scotty McCreery, and Charley Pride.