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Flashback to the first of many hits from the classic country duo of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty YouTube

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty were one heck of a team.

Between 1971 and 1988, the two country legends paired up to release an unbelievable 11 studio albums together, with all but one coming in succession each year from 1971 to 1981. They returned once more in 1988 for their final duet album, “Making Believe.

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Their first album,”We Only Make Believe,” was the duo’s most successful album together, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Album chart.

Remarkably, that success came on the strength of only one song being released to radio — the No. 1 “After The Fire Is Gone,” which topped the charts at the beginning of April 1971.

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Loretta and Conway weren’t the only two to record this hit. Even though they were the ones who made it a classic, Willie Nelson and Tracy Nelson covered it in 1974. While their version stalled at No. 17 on the charts, it did get them a Grammy nomination. Ricky Lynn Gregg and Tanya Tucker both recorded versions for their own albums, and in 2010, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer recorded it for the Loretta Lynn tribute album, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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