Lost Classics! “Rainy Night in Georgia,” Conway Twitty and Sam Moore
Over the course of music history we’ve had the pleasure of hearing some great duets. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Tony Bennett has recorded quite a few good ones, and the list goes on and on. But for my money, the greatest duet ever recorded was “Rainy Night in Georgia” by the late, great Conway Twitty and Sam Moore of Sam and Dave fame.
The duet appeared on Rhythm Country and Blues, a 1993 album that paired country music stars with legends of R&B. Most of the disc was unlistenable (do you really want to hear Little Richard and Tanya Tucker together?), but Twitty and Moore’s version of the Brooke Benton classic never gets old. It’s like an old friend who always makes you feel better when you’re down. It’s that good.
I have never been a country music fan, but Conway Twitty was phenomenal. His voice on this track, one of, if not his last, before his sudden death in 1993, takes you right to that sad and lonely place where the character is hovering by his suitcase looking for a warm place to spend the night. Moore’s incredible soul is just the icing on the cake. When the two ad lib at the end, as some people might say, “you can’t make it up.” Pure genius.
You can find the song on iTunes, and I suggest you check it out. Trust me, you don’t have to be a fan of either one of these guys to enjoy this track.