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CLASSIC: Conway Twitty Performs Heartwarming Father-Daughter Duet Of 'Don't Cry Joni'

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Conway twitty Songs | CLASSIC: Conway Twitty Performs Heartwarming Father-Daughter Duet Of 'Don't Cry Joni' | Country Music Videos
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It doesn't get any more classic than watching Conway Twitty sing with one of his children. We are used to seeing son Michael Twitty singing his father's timeless songs, but this is something much more rare!

Twitty wrote the ballad "Don't Cry Joni" as a duet for his then 16-year-old daughter, Joni Lee Jenkins. The single was released from his High Priest of Country Music album in 1975. Conway wrote the song to encourage his daughter to pursue a career in entertainment, which she initially resisted.

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Joni eventually went on to start her own country music career. Her most successful solo single was "I'm Sorry Charlie" in 1975, which peaked at number sixteen on the Hot Country Songs chart. 

The duet was just one of two that reached success without Loretta Lynn. In fact, the single reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart along with "Touch the Hand", which also featured Joni from the same album. 

The beautiful live duet showcases Joni's talent, and you can just see the happiness beaming from Twitty's eyes! This father-daughter duet is one for the books.

Watch the rare live performance of "Don't Cry Joni" below! 

LYRICS BELOW

Jimmy please say you'll wait for me
I'll grow up someday you'll see
Saving all my kisses just for you
Signed with love
forever true

Joni was the girl who lived next door
I've known her I guess 10 years or more
Joni wrote me a note one day
And this is what she had to say

Jimmy please say you'll wait for me
I'll grow up someday you'll see
Saving all my kisses just for you
Signed with love
forever true

Slowly I read her note once more
Then I went over to the house next door
Her tear drops fell like rain that day
When I told Joni what I had to say

Joni, Joni please don't cry
You'll forget me by and by
You're just fifteen
I'm twenty two
And Joni I just cant wait for you

Soon I left our little home town
Got me a job and tried to settle down
But these words kept haunting my memory
The words that Joni said to me

Jimmy please say you'll wait for me
I'll grow up some day you'll see
Saving all my kisses just for you
Signed with love
forever true

I packed my clothes
And I caught a plane
I had to see Joni
I had to explain
How my heart was filled
With her memory
And ask my Joni if she'd marry me

I ran all the way
To the house next door
But things weren't like they were before
My tear drops fell like rain that day
When I heard what Joni had to say

Jimmy, Jimmy please don't cry
You'll forget me by and by
It's been five years since you've been gone
Jimmy I married your best friend John

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