Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 200 ALL-TIME MOST
This countdown looks back on decades of duets, where 2 acts combine on a song.
To be eligible, the acts involved contribute close to equal roles as lead vocalists rather than featured or guest vocals. The collaborations must be by acts that do not usually record together as regular duos (eg. Hall & Oates, Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and Wham!).
JORDIN SPARKS & CHRIS BROWN
The R&B duet "No Air" was a Top 3 hit in both Britain and America in 2008. In Australia, it reached #1. Both Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown were in the process of building a string of hit songs at the time of its release.
TOO MUCH, TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
JOHNNY MATHIS & DENIECE WILLIAMS
Johnny Mathis was a music veteran by the time he scored an American chart topper with "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late". it was a duet with talented vocalist Deniece Williams. In 1978, the song was a crossover hit, topping the US Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. In the UK, the single peaked at #3.
YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND
ROBERTA FLACK & DONNY HATHAWAY
The Carole King classic "You've Got A Friend" demands a tender approach. Her original was a touching highlight on her 'Tapestry' album in 1971. James Taylor gave it a male perspective without losing the impact of its powerful lyrics. A third version emerged in the same year. Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's duet was a beautifully constructed fusion of soul and gospel. All 3 versions made the charts that year.
YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE
MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL
1967's 'United' was the 1st of the duet albums recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. "Your Precious Love", a sweet song written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, was lifted as its 2nd single that year. The single finished Top 5 on both the Pop and R&B charts and has been covered often ever since.
COME WHAT MAY
NICOLE KIDMAN & EWAN McGREGOR
Actors Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor took on roles in the 2001 musical film 'Moulin Rouge'. They sing competently on the soundtrack, most significantly on the song "Come What May". Along with making the British Top 40, the duet peaked at #10 in Australia.
BABY COME TO ME
PATTI AUSTIN & JAMES INGRAM
Rod Temperton wrote some of Michael Jackson's best 80s songs as well as the 1982 duet "Baby Come To Me". The Patti Austin and James Ingram collaboration was produced by the legendary producer Quincy Jones. Both singers sang on his critically lauded 'The Dude' album. "Baby Come To Me" reached #1 in the U.S.A.
ROY ORBISON & K.D. LANG
Roy Orbison revisited his 1961 hit "Crying", which he co-wrote with Joe Melson, in 1987. This re-recording saw him singing alongside K.D. Lang. Both are in fine voice, adding beauty and strength to the ballad. The new version was used in the film 'Hiding Out'.
IF I TOLD YOU THAT
WHITNEY HOUSTON & GEORGE MICHAEL
In 2000, pop chart dynamos Whitney Houston and George Michael came together on the R&B-flavoured duet "If I Told You That". Co-writer Rodney Jerkins produced the track with Michael. It reached the UK Top 10 and was 1 of the new songs included on her 'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' compilation.
BEYONCE` & SHAKIRA
"Beautiful Liar" was a duet featuring the sultry performers Beyoncé and Shakira. It was included on the former's 2006 'B'Day' album. Along with reaching #3 in America, the duet topped the charts in Europe, UK and New Zealand.
JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER