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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SOLO DUETS, READERS RESPOND
Michael McDonald comes through loud and clear on Christopher Cross's "Ride Like the Wind," the latter's No. 2 smash in 1980.
And, the ultimate recordings with unbilled artists are "We Are the World" by USA for Africa" – 43 acts on that 1985 No. 1! – and "Do They Know Its Christmas?" (No. 13, 1985) by Band-Aid.
This is a fun topic,
I think these would qualify:
"Fly Away," John Denver (... and Olivia Newton-John), No. 13, 1976
"Save It for a Rainy Day," Stephen Bishop (... and Chaka Khan), No. 22, 1977
"Whenever I Call You Friend," Kenny Loggins (... and Stevie Nicks), No. 5, 1978
"Magnet and Steel," Walter Egan (... and Stevie Nicks), No. 8, 1978
"Sentimental Lady," Bob Welch (... and Christine McVie), No. 8, 1978
"Gold," John Stewart (... and Stevie Nicks), No. 5, 1979
"Heart to Heart," Kenny Loggins (... and Michael McDonald), No. 15, 1983
"Higher Love," Steve Winwood (... and Chaka Khan), No. 1, 1986
I'm sure there are a lot more. I'll check your column next week to see what other readers came up with.
All the best and keep up the good work!
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