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October 8

Before Conway & Loretta; There was George & Melba

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One of the things that country music does perfectly is present us with powerhouse duets that ultimately change the course of music as we know it today. Many duos have been popular throughout the history of country music. We have the everlasting and genuinely talented duo of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. We can also add Portner Wagoner and Dolly Parton on the list. These classic acts would remain one of the undisputed successful duets until today. However, today we wanted to follow up on George Jones and Melba Montgomery probably a tandem that has not been mentioned too often for reasons that we’re clueless of but today we wanted to take a chance and refresh your memory of their tandem.

George Jones and Melba Montgomery, We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds

In his autobiography, ‘I Lived to Tell It All’ George Jones spilled the beans about his opinion on setting the bar for other male &  female duets that he and Montgomery could proudly say as something they both started to be followed by others. To quote:

“I had giant records years later with Tammy Wynette, and there were many other successful duet partners, such as Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton and Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. I’m not saying Melba and I were the first to sing male-female duets in country music because we weren’t. And I’m not saying we were the best. But Melba said recently that she thinks we popularized the male-female format, and I agree.”

On the other hand, the song, “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds” was Melba Montogmery’s first national hit and the most successful recording of the Jones-Montgomery duet pairing. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in July 1963 and spent 23 weeks in the chart’s top 40, one of the longer runs of any country single released during the 1960s.

Watch their performance here and judge for yourself:

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