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November 9, 1970

When best friends Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn decided to become duet partners - while continuing their successful solo careers - their managers didn't exactly approve. They feared that egos would clash and eventually ruin the pair's friendship.

But Conway and Loretta thought otherwise. "It made sense to us, and even Loretta's husband Mooney liked the idea," said Conway at the time. "Everybody else fought us on it, but I was my own boss and I stood firm."

Loretta also stood her ground. "I had always wanted to sing with Conway," she explained. "Finally, we just had to tell everybody that we're going to do it and that's the way it is."

And they made beautiful music together. The two first stepped into a studio on Nov. 9, 1970, to record "After the Fire Is Gone," which became their debut single as a duo in February of 1971. Fans went crazy for the dream team pairing and the song hit No. 1 a month later.

Conway and Loretta went on to have four more No. 1 hits, including "Lead Me On" and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." They also won four straight CMA Vocal Duo awards from 1972-75.