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Country Star Porter Wagoner Dies at 80

October 29, 2007 at 6:50 PM EDT

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JIM LEHRER: Finally tonight, remembering country music star Porter Wagoner, who died yesterday in Nashville. Among his claims to fame was launching the career of Dolly Parton, and the two recorded many hits together, including “The Right Combination.”

Here’s part of a 1974 performance on “The Porter Wagoner Show.”

DOLLY PARTON, Singer: Let’s do one you wrote.

PORTER WAGONER, Singer: OK, kiddo.

DOLLY PARTON: I’m going to brag on you a little bit.

PORTER WAGONER: All right, go right ahead and scratch my back. I’m done scratching yours.

DOLLY PARTON: This one’s called “The Right Combination.”

DOLLY PARTON AND PORTER WAGONER (singing): I believe we have the right combination. Our love and happiness both seem so strong. I believe we have a firm foundation, that our love can build and last forever on.

PORTER WAGONER (singing): There’ll be times when you may doubt my reasons, but I know your love will always make a way.

DOLLY PARTON (singing): And I know that there’ll be times when we’ll have heartaches, but that won’t worry us ’cause love is just that way.

DOLLY PARTON AND PORTER WAGONER (singing): I believe we have the right combination. Our love and happiness both seem so strong. I believe we have a firm foundation, that our love can build and last forever on.

I believe we have the right combination. Our love and happiness both seem so strong. I believe we have a firm foundation, that our love can build and last forever on.

JIM LEHRER: Porter Wagoner was 80 years old.