Some of the longest-lasting couples in the music industry are made up of country singers, showing us that they’re always living the moments they sing about. Read below for our roundup of the best duets, couples, and moments of romance in country’s history.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Record “Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me”
When the video for “Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me” came out, there was no denying that sparks were flying between Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Recorded early in their marriage, this song not only put them at the top of the charts, it also made them country’s hottest couple.
Tammy Wynette and George Jones Sing “One”
Though their relationship was tumultuous, George Jones and Tammy Wynette knew how to carry that into a spectacular onstage chemistry. In “One,” the two slow things down to sing sweetly of everlasting love.
Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris On “Love Hurts”
Nobody ever knew for sure if these two had a private fling, but Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris wouldn’t have surprised us if they did. Parsons found a magical musical partner in Harris, their voices merging perfectly in songs like “Love Hurts.” Their partnership was cut short too soon when he died at age 26.
Waylon Jennings Meets Jessi Colter
The moment Jessi Colter walked in to record with Waylon Jennings, he knew he’d found the one. But scared by one too many broken hearts Jennings was reluctant. He recounted the moment he first saw her in his autobiography: “Just when I thought it was all over, when I quit looking, that’s when I found the right one.” They later went on to record together, and their marriage lasted the rest of his life.
Steve Earle Releases “Valentine’s Day”
Ever the romantic, Steve Earle’s songwriting often betrayed his deepest regrets. In “Valentine’s Day”, a gentle heartfelt song, he offered “only his love” when there was “no card to sign” and “roses have been hard to find.”
Vince and Amy’s Wedding
Vince Gill and Amy Grant had chemistry right from the start, but considering they were both with other partners, they kept it platonic, developing a close friendship in the first years they knew each other. When they finally married in 2000, they also were at the beginning of a musical partnership that sees them now performing together often.
The Louvin Brothers Sing “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby”
Nothing says romance like the sweet harmonies of The Louvin Brothers. The magic of their voices remains unmatched. The song “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby” teeters on the verge of heartbreak, but recovers at the end when the story wraps up on the main character’s faith in lifelong love.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Record “Long Way Home”
Known for their beautiful harmonies and easy banter onstage, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison are one of country’s cutest couples. He towers over her petite frame, but she leads with her strong voice. In “Long Way Home,” they capture the heartbreaking lyrics written by singer-songwriter Hayes Carll.
George Strait Sings “I Cross My Heart”
Few moments are more romantic than the one George Strait climbs onstage as Dusty Chandler in Pure Country, offering the song “I Cross My Heart” as an apology to sweetheart Harley Tucker. Sitting at the front of the stage with only an acoustic guitar while he serenades a teary Harley, this is Strait at his best.
Garth Proposes to Trisha
Having performed together since the early 90s, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood seemed a sure thing in the romance department. But the timing was always off. Finally, when they were both single, they began dating, telling fans that their love grew out of the trust and companionship of their long friendship. Garth proposed to Trisha onstage in front of 7000 fans in 2005 at Buck Owens’s Crystal Palace, securing her heart and delighting fans.
Johnny Meets June at the Opry
Is there a romance more country than June and Johnny’s? Beset by other relationships and then their own hurdles to overcome, it sometimes seemed like they might not make it. But Johnny’s first encounter with June obviously made an impact. Meeting her backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Cash declared he knew he was going to marry, she later recalled. He called her the greatest woman he had ever known.