Happy Birthday Darlin'

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"Happy Birthday Darlin'"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Cross Winds
B-side "Heavy Tears"
Released October 3, 1979
Genre Country
Length 2:57
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Chuck Howard
Producer(s) Conway Twitty, David Barnes
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"I May Never Get to Heaven"
"Happy Birthday Darlin'"
"I'd Love to Lay You Down"
"I May Never Get to Heaven"
"Happy Birthday Darlin'"
"I'd Love to Lay You Down"

"Happy Birthday Darlin' is a song written by Chuck Howard, and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. It was released in October 1979 as the third and final single from his album Cross Winds. "Happy Birthday Darlin'" was Conway Twitty's 23rd number one on the country chart as solo artist. The single stayed at number one for three weeks and spent a total of 11 weeks on the country chart.[1]


The song begins with the spoken lyric "Hello, Darlin'," calling back to Twitty's 1970 hit of the same name that starts in the same way. The song otherwise tells a narrative through the eyes of a man who vows to right a number of wrongs in his relationship. Here, instead of giving his wife a present for her birthday, he vows to take some things away, such as suspicion, lonely moments, "so-so kisses" and doubt, replacing them with such things as faith and companionship. In the end, the man confidently says that his wife can tell friends, "He didn’t give me anything but he sure took a lot of things away."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 13


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 361. 
  2. ^ "Conway Twitty – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Conway Twitty.
Preceded by
"I Cheated Me Right Out of You"
by Moe Bandy
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 15-December 29, 1979
Succeeded by
"Coward of the County"
by Kenny Rogers