Country’s beloved duo, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, released “Lead Me On” in 1971 as the first single and title track from the album of the same name. It became the second No. 1 on the U.S. country singles chart for the pair as a duo and dominated the top of the chart for a single week. The song spent a total of fifteen weeks on the chart.
The Song Maybe As Risqué As It Was, But Many Fans Cherished it
Written by Leon Copeland, “Lead Me On” was rather salacious for its day. It describes a man asking a woman for deeper intimacy, and while the lyrics are vague, the message is clear.
“Lead me on and take control of how I feel. I can’t do this on my own ’cause it’s against my will. I need love warm and tender in a way I’ve never known. If you want me, I’ll go with you, but you’ll have to lead me on,” the song goes. As risqué as it was, “Lead Me On” encountered no resistance at all from radio or the public at large as it leaped to No. 1 just two months after its release.
The Lead Me On album wasn’t forgotten either. Ten years after its release, it was finally certified gold for selling more than 500,000 copies.
In one issue of Billboard magazine dated February 5, 1972, a review of the album was published, saying that “For their second package of duets, Twitty and Loretta Lynn come up with another dynamite selection of material certain to prove another hot chart item. Their hit single, “Lead Me On,” is spotlighted and featured are standouts such as “Never Ending Song of Love,” “Easy Loving,” and the clever rhythm item, “You Blow My Mind,” penned by Billy Edd Wheeler.”
The Most Iconic Duo In The World of Music
Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn recorded some of the most iconic duets in country music, making them the most awarded country duo in all history. They went on to score three more No. 1 hits – for a total of five chart-toppers, the most of any duet partnership in country music history – and four consecutive “Duo of the Year” trophies from the Country Music Association from 1972 through 1975.
“Visually, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty are a stately and dignified couple. Their finely-cut features are emphasized by their subtle but modern and tasty choice of clothes. Although they look different and usually wear different color and style outfits, they are always coordinated – they are two different halves that combine as a whole, which is more than either half,” a review published on the January 29, 1972 issue of Cashbox.
“And so it is with their music; their finely-cut voices are adorned by subtle but modern arrangements and instrumentation. They both have different styles that merge into a new style that is both of them and something more.”
Tune in below to watch part of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s remarkable duet of “Lead Me On” and get ready to be impressed with their undeniable chemistry.
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