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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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Hey Gary,

Great post on the non-credited feature acts on those big hits.

I thought of two No. 11-peaking songs: "This Is It" by Kenny Loggins (no featured credit going to Michael McDonald) and "A Love Bizarre" by Sheila E. (essentially a duet with Prince).

And, we can't forget Martha Wash. C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and Black Box’s "Strike It Up," both from 1991, clearly should've credited her, given her vocals that make the songs' choruses.


Adam Soybel
Worcester, Massachusetts

Hi Gary,

Two examples come to mind:

Two members of Chicago (and forgive my 49-year-old brain for not remembering which two …) provided back-up vocals for Billy Joel on "My Life," his No. 3 hit in 1979. [Editor's note: You're forgiven! And, so they're not forgotten, it was Peter Cetera and Donnie Dacus.]

Likewise, Randy Newman’s "Short People" features an Eagle – Glenn Frey – on the song's bridge.

Andy Ray
Carmel, Indiana

Hi Gary,

Meat Loaf’s 1993 Hot 100 number 1 "I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)" features an uncredited female during the duet coda. The liner notes revealed the singer to be “Mrs. Loud,” who was later revealed to be Lorraine Crosby.

Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 No. 1 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was a duet with Rory Dodd ... who also performed background vocals on Meat Loaf's "Anything."

Another Meat Loaf hit, 1995’s No. 13-peaking "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)," was a duet with an uncredited Patti Russo.

Hugh Peacock
Perth, Australia

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