Sup y’all. Kim inspired me last week with his Canada-centric post to try and keep these consistently themed as long as the ideas are flowing. This week is all about the tenderest of smooth jams: the smooth duet.
Samantha Sang & The Bee Gees – "Emotion" (1977)
Samantha Sang sang the lead, while The Bee Gees provide a falsetto cloud of backing vocals as this tune floats into the sky. Emotional.
Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack – "Born To Love" (1983)
Peabo, a master of the smooth duet, teams up with Roberta, no duet rookie herself, and the results and unsurprisingly very smooth. That slap bass line hits so hard that DJ Premier had to sample it
Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – "The Girl Is Mine" (1982)
Who says a duet has to be a man and a woman? MJ and Sir Paul prove that a couple o’ blokes can pull off a duet, albeit one of the goofiest tracks of all time (especially the dialogue at the end). Top level smooth though.
Cherelle & Alexander O’Neal – "Saturday Love" (1985)
Cherelle & Alexander O’Neal provide the perfect soundtrack to your groovin’ Saturday night on the town. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on production. Flawless combination.
Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – "On My Own" (1986)
I mostly picked this one because it’s one of the greatest videos of all time. Also, one man: Michael McDonald.