Country Throwback: Watch This Unearthed Footage of Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty Before They Became a Duo

by Katie Maloney
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Did you know that Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty both performed at a concert without ever performing together, before they were a duet?

When you think of iconic country music duos, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty have to come to mind. Together, the two released five number one hits including “After the Fire is Gone” and “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.” Additionally, they won three CMA awards, two AMA awards, and a Grammy. But did you know that the two performed a concert together (but separately) before they released their duets?

A clip recently surfaced from a concert in Oslo, Norway in 1970. Both Twitty and Lynn performed sets on stage but they were never on stage at the same time. The concert was held one year before Twitty and Lynn released their first duet album, We Only Make Believe. It was also one year before the release of their first number one hit together, “After the Fire is Gone.”

Watch as the two of them perform their own solo sets, one after the other.

Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn perform separately at a concert in Oslo, Norway.

Want More Loretta Lynn?

At 88 years old, Lynn doesn’t show signs of slowing down. In fact, she’s poised to release her newest album, Still Woman Enough next month. The 13-song album is a celebration of women in country music. And the album features guest vocals from Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker. While we wait for the release of this album, we thought we’d tied you over with a few priceless Loretta Lynn quotes.

  • “I’ve been around a long time and life still has a whole lot of surprises for me.” Sometimes, it’s easy to feel like someone who’s been around longer knows all the answers. However, Lynn proves that life throws her for a loop just as much as it changes courses for us sometimes. It’s comforting to know that surprises (hopefully good surprises) will always be waiting for us.
  • “I loved being outside. We’d hold lightning bugs in our hands and pretend they were diamond rings.” Lynn proves that luxury and magic are available to us at all times, we just have to open our hands to receive them.
  • When something is bothering me, I write a song that tells my feelings.” When life gets you down, write about it. If writing isn’t your thing, paint or hit a baseball or dance. Find a way to express yourself. Who knows, maybe you’re the next Loretta Lynn or Conway Twitty!

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