Today’s Top 5: Linda Ronstadt – Duets


Diane and I watched Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize on PBS this past Friday night. In my estimation, it was a good, not great, affair, due primarily to the lack of A-list talent on hand to sing Robinson’s classic songs. Then, this morning, Diane started a Facebook thread for folks to post favorite Smokey performances –

I posted the first clip below, Smokey’s 1983 duet with Linda Ronstadt on the Motown 25 TV special. I just find it a fantastic performance, with both obviously thrilled to be singing with the other. And me being me, that clip quickly led me down the YouTube rabbit hole in search of other cool Linda duets – of which there are a figurative ton. Here’s a few:

1) With Smokey Robinson – “Ooo Baby Baby” & “Tracks of My Tears.”

2) With Johnny Cash – “I Never Will Marry.”

3) With Aaron Neville – “Don’t Know Much.”

4) With Bonnie Raitt – “Blowing Away.”

5) With the Muppets – “Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss).”

And two bonuses – one cool and one kitsch. (I’ll let you decide which is which.)

6) With Hoyt Axton – “Lion in Winter.”

7) With Cher – “Drift Away” & “Rip It Up.”

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