Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl

Duets With Conway Twitty

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty (1933 – 1993), both successful singer-songwriters in their own right, together made 11 studio albums between 1971 and 1988. Hits from those country albums included five number 1 songs off five different albums; this film excerpts shows them performing “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” and “After the Fire Is Gone.” The duo won the Country Music Association award for Vocal Duo of the Year every year from 1972 to 1975.

Their 1973 album Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man went to Number 1 on the Country Charts, as did the title song. Lynn explains that it was her husband-manager Doo Lynn who found the song for the duo (it was written by Jim Owen and Becki Bluefield).

Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (who married in 2005) discuss the power of Lynn’s and Twitty’s voices joining together, and sing “After the Fire Is Gone,” the duo’s first number 1 hit in 1971.

Because of their songs’ lyrics and the easy chemistry between Lynn and Twitty, the status of their relationship was a puzzle to some audiences.

“Everybody thought me and Conway had a thing going. And that’s the farthest from the truth,” says Lynn.  “I loved Conway as a friend, and my husband loved him. Conway was really the only one in the music business that Doo gave a dag-gone for.”

Learn more about Conway Twitty on the official site his family created.