Retro Single Review: Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, “Lost Forever in Your Kiss”

1972 | Peak: #9

This is one of their most beautiful duets, largely because Parton is at her peak as a singer and a songwriter.

She gets Wagoner to up his game in return, and he sounds fantastic singing the first verse.  But as was becoming the norm even outside of their duets, she simply outclasses him, taking the melody to new heights as she perfects her signature sound.

Written by Dolly Parton

Grade: A-

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  1. Let’s not get carried away Kevin. I think it is a mistake to say she “outclasses” Porter. The best recordings Dolly ever made were the duets with Porter Wagoner. Nothing else she recorded ever provided the rich sound of the harmonies she and Porter achieved together, not even the vaunted Trio recordings.

    Had she not broken away from Porter Wagoner so thoroughly her recorded legacy might even justify the #1 ranking you gave her in your countdown of the 100 greatest women of country music. As it is, I cannot think of another great recording artist who made as many bad recordings as Dolly Parton

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