Monday, May 12, 2014
Not-So-Strange Bedfellows Redux
The first time I heard the Harry Nilsson and Cher duet, "A Love Like Yours," I plotzed. It was 1975 and I was enveloped in all things Zeppelin and Bowie. Of course, I grew up on the great pop single, and all things Beatles and Motown and Spector were on a 24 hour loop in every room of my and every friend and relative's house. But, as a kid, I was not yet savvy to the possiblities of the music industry, so a duet between what seemed like such an unlikely couple produced by the great Phil Spector did not seam real. How could this be?
I've loved this one-off ever since and woke up singing it this morning, which brings me to this question--
What are some other unlikely one-offs that worked?
I guess the word "unlikely" isn't what it once was, in an age where award shows are built around joining two distinctly different artists, no matter how little they have in common or how terrible the combination may be.
When you through with your choices, here is a ZIP of tunes I posted back in September of 2010, with a dozen of these unlikely duets.