Country Rewind: Loretta Lynn Belts ‘Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man’ With Conway Twitty’s Son

by Suzanne Halliburton

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty made beautiful country music together. The two performers recorded a string of duets in the 1970s, earning the pair five consecutive No. 1 hits.

If you’re a country music lover, can you pick a favorite song Loretta Lynn recorded with Twitty? The Country Music Association presented the couple the award for best duo for four straight years.

Meanwhile, the Academy of Country Music voted them best duo in 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1976. This was a big time for male and female country artists pairing off to record duets. Think George Jones and Tammy Wynette or Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.

Together, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty released 11 albums and a dozen singles. The two had such incredible chemistry together, fans thought there might be something going on between them outside the stage or recording studio. However, both were married. Twitty had four wives, but had remarried his second one, Mickey, for most of the time he was recording with Lynn.

In a PBS documentary about her life, Loretta Lynn said there was only friendship between the two country greats.

Everybody thought me and Conway had a thing going, and that’s the furthest from the truth,” Loretta Lynn said. “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 dog-gone for.”

Conway Twitty Was on Way to Visit Loretta Lynn When He Collapsed

In fact, Conway Twitty was on his way to see Loretta Lynn and her husband in 1993 when he collapsed. Loretta Lynn spent the night at the hospital with Twitty’s wife. He died the next day. Twitty was only 59.

In her documentary, Loretta Lynn said: “I’d have to say that knowing Conway Twitty has been one of my great pleasures in life.”

So it would make sense that Loretta Lynn would try to keep Twitty’s memory alive. And she likes to get together with Michael Twitty, Conway’s oldest son, to sing their hits at tribute concerts. They often do this in the summer at Lynn’s ranch. Michael, who was born in 1953, looks a lot like his dad, with his slicked-back dark hair. He also has his dad’s voice.

“It’s like I’m doing my part to keep Dad alive,” Michael Twitty said in 2007. “As long as those people out there react the way they do … we’ll keep doing it.”

And one of their favorite songs to sing is Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man. Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty released the song in 1973. It was their third No. 1 hit together and it spent 13 weeks on the country chart.

Conway Twitty actually is a Mississippi man. Loretta Lynn, however, was a Kentucky girl. But she certainly could sing like a Louisiana woman.

Here’s a sampling of the lyrics of the famous song. And Michael Twitty did just fine by his daddy when he sang the song with Lynn.

Hey, Louisiana woman, Mississippi man. We get together every time we can.
The Mississippi River can’t keep us apart. There’s too much love in the Mississippi heart, too much love in this Louisiana heart.

See the alligators all a waitin’ nearby? Sooner or later they know I’m gonna try. When she waves from the bank, don’t you know I know it’s goodbye fishin’ line, see you while ago. With a Louisiana woman waitin’ on the other side, the Mississippi River don’t look so wide.”