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Classic Rewind: Clint Black & Martina McBride – ‘Still Holding On’

When two stars collide

vince-rebaCountry music has a long history of two separate artists coming together to record a single or album together.  We’ve also seen our fair share of duos who sing and perform exclusively together.  In the 1970s it seemed like all the rage for two of country’s biggest stars to join forces.  The decade saw the birth of partnerships between Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, and perhaps most famously, the musical marriage between George Jones and Tammy Wynette.  But the trend didn’t end there and county stars have continued to sing together over the years.

A young Dolly Parton was offered a spot on Porter Wagoner’s syndicated television show in 1967.  This was Dolly’s first big break since she would be exposed to a national audience every week.  The two recorded some great songs during Dolly’s seven-year stint on the show.  One of my favorites has always been ‘Please Don’t Stop Loving Me’.

Even though Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn were both huge stars in their own right, the two paired up to release a string of hugely successful duets.  Their first single together, the Grammy-winning ‘After The Fire Is Gone’, shot to #1 and they subsequently released over a dozen albums together and won at least as many awards.  Here’s the duo in their prime.

The year 1971 also saw the debut of George Jones and Tammy Wynnete as a duo. Even though they were married in 1969, their first single release came two years later, when Jones’ Musicor contracted expired and the pair were finally on the same label. Theirs would be one of country music’s fabled and most-talked about love stories of all time. Together, they recorded some of the finest country music ever and the effects of their marriage was still evident over the rest of Jones’ recording career.  Ironically, their greatest commerical successes came after their divorce.  Listen to ‘Golden Ring’ or the telling ‘Two Story House’.

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