Jim Adams does not realize he selected the impossible task for me this morning. He chose duets as the subject. I knew picking one duet was not going to be possible for me. Duets (especially when there is harmony involved) may very well be my ultimate choice in music.
I began to think of ways I could slyly pick more than one song. I thought since the subject is duets, I could choose a duet of duets. But even that would not do. So here I am to bring you Maggie’s Duet Awards (think of the Grammys without famous people or fancy gowns).
The results have been hermetically sealed. Then envelope please…
Best Oldies Duet
All I Have to Do is Dream
Written by Boudleaux Bryant
Sung by The Everly Brothers
I grew up with this classic song and wore out the entire Everly Brothers greatest hits album.
Best Movie Duet
My Rifle, My Pony and Me ( Rio Bravo)
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson
I grew up watching John Wayne movies. My mother loved westerns and war movies. When I married my husband, I found out he was a John Wayne fan, too. This movie is a classic.
Best Pop Music Duet
More Than Words
Written by Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt
Sung by Extremem (Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt)
When my children entered high school, they learned to harmonize. The first time I heard them sing this along with the radio, I turned the radio off and asked them to sing it again. They tired very quickly of me asking them to sing this song for me every chance I got.
Best Opera Duet
Written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa, and Tony Renis
Sung by Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban
Heavenly voices for sure. I can only imagine having this kind of vocal talent. As my mom always used to say “I can’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it”.
Best Country Music Duet
Grandpa (Tell Me ‘bout the Good Old Days)
Written by Jamie O’Hara
Sung by The Judds
One of my absolute favorite country songs. It takes me back to the precious time in my life when I would sit and listen to my grandparents’ stories for hours on end.
Best Duet in a Broadway Production
Agony (Into the Woods)
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen
“Into The Woods” is a Broadway play that depicts what happens in the woods when all the fairytales crash together. This scene is two of The Princes arguing about who has the craziest maiden.
Best Motown Duet
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Both amazing talents gone too soon. These lyrics and this performance reflect the best of the Motown era. What a loss they were to the music world and to the world in general.
This post has been an abuse of power (even though I have none). For the sake of potential readers, I did not add history and lyrics for each song. Thank you Jim Adams for this Sunday Lift and I hope you will forgive me for going overboard this week. I could go on and on (and perhaps I did).