“Red Neckin’ Love Makin’ Night”
Written by Max D. Barnes and Troy Seals
#1 (1 week)
January 23, 1982
Sometimes an artist gets a bum rap, and has their output characterized unfairly.
Conway Twitty was the biggest artist connected to what a radio programmer at the time called “country porn.” Though it wasn’t articulated in quite that direct a manner until the early eighties, it’s a reputation that had followed Twitty since the misinterpretations of “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” many years earlier.
That song was about a woman leaving a loveless marriage, but some listeners assumed from the title and the lyric “as my trembling fingers touch forbidden places” that he was deflowering a woman who hadn’t yet reached the age of consent. It was enough to get the record banned from some radio stations, despite Twitty’s emphasis on the line, “I don’t know and I don’t care what made you tell him you don’t love him anymore.”
We’ve covered two other signature hits – “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” and “I’d Love to Lay You Down” – that were also perceived as being salacious, even though the lyrical content didn’t truly support that reading of either song.
But sometimes an artist proves even their most unfair critics right.
On “Red Neckin’ Love Makin’ Night,” Conway Twitty goes full T.G. Sheppard, releasing a song that is so explicitly carnal that Twitty slips into a Big Bopper impression to get himself through it:
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