Country Throwback: Loretta Lynn Joins Trace Adkins to Sing Conway Twitty’s ‘Lead Me On’

by Jim Casey

Loretta Lynn celebrated the 50th anniversary of her induction into the Grand Ole Opry in 2012 by joining Trace Adkins on stage to sing “Lead Me On.”

Let’s hit pause for a few minutes today to appreciate a truly memorable country music performance. In fact, let’s hit rewind so we can actually watch it.

Setting the Stage

On Sept. 25, 2012, a host of stars gathered at the Grand Ole Opry to celebrate Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary as an Opry member. In fact, the celebration marked the exact 50th anniversary of Loretta’s first performance as an official Opry member on Sept. 25, 1962.

The star-studded showcase featured performances by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Crystal Gayle, the Pistol Annies, Trace Adkins, and more.

While Lee Ann beautifully belted Lynn’s “I Know How,” Crystal Gayle treated those in attendance to a stirring rendition of “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” Miranda sang Loretta’s “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” before joining her Annie cohorts for a performance of “Fist City.”

That set the stage for Trace to tackle one of Loretta’s most-popular duets, “Lead Me On.”

Trace and Loretta Join Forces

Originally recorded as a duet with Conway Twitty, “Lead Me On” was the title track to Loretta and Conway’s 1971 album. Less than three months after its release, the single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on Nov. 12, 1971.

Loretta and Conway released 10 studio albums together from 1971 to 1981. The pair topped the charts with a string of hits, including “After the Fire Is Gone,” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” “Feelings,” and more.

As Trace stepped in for Conway, who passed away in 1993, the baritone proved he was up for the vocal challenge. Trace and Loretta held hands throughout their sweet performance and even shared a kiss afterward.

“That’s one of the thrills of my career right there, thank you,” said Trace, after concluding the song.