Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act.
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That was an interesting letter from David Fritz in the last "Ask Billboard" regarding duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. The Jacksons’ "State of Shock," as noted, with an uncredited Mick Jagger, is a perfect example.
I can think of a few more:
Australian singer Samantha Sang reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978 with "Emotion." Barry Gibb’s vocals are so prominent on this song that it sounds like a Bee Gees recording.
Bruce Willis reached No. 5 in 1987 with a cover of the Staple Singers’ "Respect Yourself." The song contains a significant vocal contribution from the late June Pointer.
And, in a 1992 episode of "MTV Unplugged," Mariah Carey performed a cover of the Jackson 5’s "I’ll Be There" with Trey Lorenz. When released as a single, which topped the Hot 100 that year, the only artist listed on the product was Carey. Interestingly, both artists were nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals. (They lost to Boyz II Men’s "End of the Road.")
These are just a few examples. I’m sure that there are many more.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Thanks for three great examples to get us started. David's e-mail spurred several e-mails on the topic, so we'll run down a bunch of uncredited duets this week and continue the discussion next Friday.
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