Duet to Me One More Time…
Being raised on Adult Contemporary – or soft rock, I find the charms of a sweeping duet irresistible. Even when they don’t involve the queen of sweeping duets: Jennifer Warnes.
Here are some of my favorite duets…
“Cruisin” by Huey Lewis & Gwyneth Paltrow
I have never seen the movie that brought this rendition of a Smokey Robinson classic into my life! But I will never forget where I was – Emporia, North Carolina – when I heard this song on the radio. I immediately recognized Mr. Lewis, but couldn’t figure out who the female vocalist was. I was tossing around names like Jennifer Lopez or even Sarah Jessica Parker. Turns out it was Gwyneth Paltrow. I love her vocal effort here. I don’t care if Babyface had to Auto-Tune away any semblance of her own vocal talent. Huey Lewis is more than able to pick up the slack! Ha. Once I ended a friendship over a bad word said against Huey Lewis. You can step on Superman’s cape or spit in the wind, but don’t say Huey Lewis has no talent or “a shitty voice” or I’ll kick your ass to the curb. I likes me some Huey Lewis.
“Especially for You” by Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
You can have your bum shaking, fabulous, non awkward Kylie! I prefer the high waisted, paper bag jeans wearing incarnation. I prefer the Neighbours incarnation of Kylie. I was so addicted to that Aussie soap during my years in Germany. I also was addicted to the Aussie answer to Jack Wagner – Jason Donovan, who like soap stars before him, lent his meager vocal talents to an overwrought, cheesy love song, which I’m sure was played at every 80s wedding in Australia!
“Saturday Love” by Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
Oh you young folks don’t know nothing about no “Saturday Love” which was the jam for the B-girl set. People don’t half remember that like Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, O’Neal was also once a member of a band called Flyte Tyme, but you probably know them better as these guys.
“Suddenly” by Olivia Newton John & Cliff Richards
Ahhh Xanadu! Miss Olivia and Cliff “Mistletoe & Wine” Richards (ugh, that song dogged me for several holidays during my childhood) combine their combustive vocal talents to bring you this love jam on roller skates.
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett
Probably my favorite of all MJ’s duets. I love Siedah Garrett and it’s a shame this song, which is totally underrated, doesn’t get more props. It’s one of his better songs.
“What Kind of Fool”, “No More Tears” by Babs & Donna/ “Guilty” – Babs & Barry
When you talk about duets, basically you’re talking about Babs and Barry. Guilty to be exact. Guilty is my personal holy karaoke song, which I will be singing in front of a live, drunken audience with Raymond by my side. “What Kind of Fool” was the first song I ever heard from this album. I’m pretty sure this was one of the tunes in La Mommie’s stable of Babs songs. I also remember she used to get cheesed whenever my sister and I would shake ourselves while singing to imitate Barry Gibbs. In other news, I seem to recall La Mommie owning that same outfit Babs is wearing. Ten bucks says Babs got hers from White House/Black Market too.
“There’s Nothing Better Than Love” – Luther & Gregory
When we lost these two, the world was less musically gifted place. One of my absolute favorite songs, by two of my favorite performers. I will take any opportunity to post this song. Okay, so oddly the acting’s real bad in this video. Not sure what Gregory’s excuse is here.
“Boogie Wonderland” EWF & The Emotions
I love it when two super groups get together to make one awesome song! Nobody’s looking; get your chair dance on!
“I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” by Aretha & George
It takes a brave soul to jump into the recording studio with the Queen of Soul, but George has always had the pipes and the video proves even folks who can “sang” still fanboy/girl out when in the presence of Miss Aretha! Damn, sometimes I forget just how amazing George Michael’s voice is!