Who Are the King and Queen of Classic Country Duets?
There have been many many male/female country duets over the last 80 years or so. I have narrowed the best down to three finalists, so let's try to pick a winner. In chronological order, here's the first of our contestants.
The blond bombshells Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. When Dolly replaced Pretty Miss Norma Jean on the Porter Wagoner TV show in 1967, she immediately made an impression on the ready made TV audience. She and Porter would go on to crank out 13 duet albums, 20 singles, of which 14 were top tens. However, they only had one number one hit together.
Next up is the duet that were so compatible that many fans thought Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn were a real life couple. When they released their first single together in 1971, it went straight to the top of the country charts and was followed by four more number ones. They produced a dozen top 10 hits and 10 albums together.
Our third team was the only duet that was an official couple: the first couple of country music George Jones and Tammy Wynette. They were only married for five years beginning in 1969, and it took a couple of years to work out the duet arrangement that produced their first release also in 1971. They had nine albums and 16 singles, with eight of them top ten. They produced three number one singles together.
So now you have the facts. Who would you pick as the number one male/female duet? The figures seem to point to Conway and Loretta, but that's just my opinion.