Remember When Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn Hit No.1 with ‘Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man?’

Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty
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Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty

Country music legends Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn topped the country radio charts with their iconic duet, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” this week in 1973. 

The pair released the track, which became their third chart topping duet, in May of 1973.

Written by Jim Owen and Becki Bluefield, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” served as the the first single and title track of their album. The track held the number one spot on the Billboard country chart for an impressive 13 weeks.

The catchy tune follows the story of a couple who are madly in love, yet separated by the Mississippi River. Twitty and Lynn draw fans in with touching lyrics that show just what each person would do to see the other.

“The Mississippi River can’t keep us apart/ There’s too much love in the Mississippi heart/ Too much love in this Louisiana heart,” they sing. 

The country artists were an iconic duo with 11 albums and five number one hits, yet people weren’t fully convinced of the chemistry between the two when they first joined forces.

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

Lucky for fans, Twitty and Lynn stuck to their guns and went on to become one of the most iconic duos in country music.

The song is often covered by fellow country stars, including Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who performed the track together on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in 2020. 

“We’ve only done this once, we rehearsed it backstage. I’m sure we’re going to be butcher this, but Loretta if you’re watching, we’re sorry and Conway up in Heaven, if you’re watching help me,” Paisley joked prior to their performance.

Paisley and Underwood’s performance was taped on Saturday, September 5 during the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,940th consecutive Saturday night broadcast.