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'Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man': The Story Behind Loretta & Conway's Classic Duet

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Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty are two of the biggest names in country music. In 1970, both artists released their biggest hits. Twitty's signature tune, "Hello Darlin'," and Lynn's, "Coal Miner's Daughter," were making the two artists iconic staples in traditional country music. In 1971, they combined and became one of the most successful duos in country music history. Their career as partners didn't start slow, either. Lynn and Twitty released 11 studio albums between 1971 and 1988, four of which became No. 1 country albums.

Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty first met in producer Owen Bradley's recording studio in Nashville. Twitty, who recorded there, figured if he showed up to his sessions a little early, he would meet the artists who recorded before him.

Lynn was a huge fan of Twitty's rock n roll hit "It's Only Make Believe," and had been wanting to meet him. Twitty snuck into one of Lynn's sessions and the two struck like a match.

Just a few years later, the friends would create a dynamic duo. It didn't come easy, though. Many thought the two would crash and burn due to their success as solo artists.

"It made sense to us and Mooney, but not to anybody else," Conway explained in his book "The Conway Twitty Story."

Mooney, Lynn's husband, got his hands on the song "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" when the songwriter, Jim Owen, who wrote the song with Becki Bluefield, dropped the demo off at Lynn's office. Mooney told Owen, "I'll see if I can get Loretta and Conway to do it."

Thankfully everyone followed their gut feeling. Lynn and Conway's duet album, Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, became a No. 1 country album, and all five singles from the record went No. 1 on Billboard as well.

 

'Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man' Lyrics:

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.

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

Well, I thought I'd been loved but I never had
'Til I was wrapped in the arms of a Mississippi man
When he holds me close it feels almost
Like another hurricane just ripped the coast
If he can't come to me I'm gonna go to him
That Mississippi River Lord I'm gonna swim

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

Well, Mississippi River, Lord, it's one mile wide
And I'm gotta get me to the other side
Mississippi man, I'm losin' my mind
Gotta have your loving one more time
I'm gonna jump in the river and here I go
Too bad alligator you swim too slow

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

There's too much love in the Mississippi heart
Too much love in this Louisiana heart

Hey, ooh
There's too much love in the Mississippi heart
Too much love in this Louisiana heart

 

Some of Loretta & Conway's country songs to add to your playlist:

?'Lead Me On'

'Living Together Alone'

'As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone'

'Bye Bye Love'

 

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