Country Throwback: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn Duet ‘Making Believe’ in 1987

by Katie Maloney

One of country music’s favorite on-stage duos, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, perform “Making Believe.”

“Making Believe” is an iconic country music song that has been recorded by countless artists over the past 50 years. Artists include Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Wanda Jackson, Connie Francis, Ray Charles, Anita Carter, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Social Distortion, and more. The song is widely considered one of the greatest country love songs of all time. So, it’s no surprise that Lynn and Twitty recorded the song for their final duet album of the same name, Making Believe.

During a live television performance in 1987, Lynn and Twitty teamed up to perform the duet and promote their new album.

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty performs “Making Believe.”

Conway Twitty Almost Played Professional Baseball

Undoubtedly, Twitty was a skilled musician. But did you know that he could also play baseball? During an interview, Lynn opens up about her friend and long-time duet partner, Twitty.

“You might not have known he was a heck of a baseball player too,” says Lynn. “He was offered a spot playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, but was drafted by the army first,” she says.

Now we’re jealous – country music and sports – how can one person be good at everything the Outsider team loves? During the same interview, Lynn also comments on her relationship with Twitty.

“He was one of the best men I have ever known…He was like a brother to me and I couldn’t have asked for a better singing partner,” she says.

Even her husband loved Twitty, according to Lynn. “I loved Conway Twitty 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,” says Lynn.

Lynn and Twitty recorded 10 albums together. All 12 of their singles became top 10 hits on the country charts, including “Lead Me On,” “After the Fire is Gone,” “Feelins,” and “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s “Feelins”