Friday Favorites 7/25/2014
I try to be scrupulously honest here on Bud’s Blog … except, of course, for those times where my tongue is firmly in cheek or my Inner Curmudgeon has taken control of the keyboard. So I have to admit that when I decided to post my favorite duet, I knew exactly where I was headed. That’s probably a bit surprising since I’ve been listening to pop music for close to sixty years during which I suspect hundreds … if not thousands … of duets have made it to the charts. And thousands more have appeared on duets album by artists like Frank Sinatra and Kenny G that featured an assortment of vocal stars singing with the top-billed artist. There were duet groups like Sonny and Cher or Peaches and Herb, and one-time duet hits like Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie or We’ve Got Tonight by Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes. One of the most famous duets, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers by Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond was manufactured from solo performances by an enterprising program manager before it was released as a duet by 1978 … and performed live a the Grammy Awards Show in 1980. Online there are dozens of greatest duets list: there’s a Top Forty from Billboard Magazine (with Endless Love as number one) and a Top Fifty from the UK’s Telegraph. (with Lee Hazelwood’s and Nancy Sinatra’s Some Velvet Morning as the winner. Those Brits. Go figure.). Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Dramatic Duets of All Time selects Kenny Rogers’ and Dolly Parton’s Island in the Stream as number one.
My favorite duet didn’t make any of the lists I found. It was the featured song for an obscure film, Hiding Out, and featured a legendary pop singer, Roy Orbison, and Canadian singer-songwriter, k.d. lang, performing Orbison’s hit, Crying. This video features scenes from the film.
Although it won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, it was a only minor hit on the US charts. But here on Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog, it’s a Friday Favorite.