When the chemistry is there, it’s there from day one. The pairing of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton was electric, and all of the elements that made it work were clearly evident on their first single.
The harmonies on the chorus and the conversational verses were an instant blueprint for the rest of their work together. They’d go on to release many great duets, but it rarely got better than “The Last Thing On My Mind.”
Their breezy, casual indifference as they claim they never meant to hurt each other is so much more powerful than a sincere delivery would’ve been.
Written by Bob Paxton
Listen: The Last Thing On My Mind