Delicious Together: The Delectable Art of the Duet 1952-1973

The other component of Libra season, beyond balance and justice, is relationships and partnerships. Who are your others? Seems a perfect time to round up a bounty of the beauty of the duet.

14550977_10153815878217201_1113872011_oThe call & response between two players on Vinyl goes further back that Vinyl itself of course, as singing is basically the act of calling in those we want to snuggle up in the first place. As the days grow shorter, the nights longer, the air crisper and drier in the northern hemisphere, it seemed an like we needed some extra cuddle music this Fall to fall in love to.

Hella heteronormative and binary, I know, but yeah what can we do about the Mid Century 50 years on? This particular playlist does get a special kiss to some of my favorites tho.

We’ve got all types of auditory kisses, parties and love pacts stretching from as early as 1952 to 1973, so more than 20 years of loving is represented here. May that inspire you to choose a smile to return with this auditory inspiration.

1) Brook Benton & Damita Jo – Yaba Daba Do (1963)
2) Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp – What A Combination! Medley (1962)
3) Bobby Darin and Merry Clayton – Who Can I Count On? (1963)
4) Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford – T.C.B. (1962)
5) Etta & Harvey – Spoonful (1960)
6) Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva – Swinging On A Star (1963)
7) Deena Johnson & Ricky Davis – There’s Gonna Be A Showdown (1965)
8) Mary Wells & Marvin Gaye – You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (1964)
9) Timi Yuro & Johnny Ray – Up Above My Head (1961)
10) Burt & The Backbeats (Dionne & Dee Dee Warwick) – Move It On The Backbeat (1961)
11) Dean & Jean – Hey Dean Hey Jean (1964)
12) Betty Everett & Jerry Butler – Our Day Will Come (1964)
13) Mel Carter & Clydie King – The Wrong Side Of Town (1962) (shout out to DJ Action Slacks for this gem)
14) King Pleasure & Blossom Dearie – Moody’s Mood For Love (1952)
15) Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off (1956)
16) Marvin Gaye & Oma Heard – Was It A Dream? (1965)
17) Maxine Brown & Chuck Jackson – Never Had It So Good (1965)
18) The Supremes & The Temptations – Not Now I’ll Tell You Later (1963)
19) Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure – Don’t Jump (1965)
20) Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Oh How I’d Miss You (1967)
21) Clydie King and Jimmy Holiday – Ready, Willing And Able (1967)
22) Dee Irwin & Mamie Galore – Daytripper (1969)
23) Kim Weston & Johnny Nash – We Try Harder (1969)
24) Gene Chandler & Barbara Acklin – Little Green Apples (1968)
25) Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tell It Like It Is (1967)
26) Blinky & Edwin Starr – Never Give You Up (1969)
27) David & Jimmy Ruffin – Your Love Is Worth Waiting For (1970)
28) The Supremes & The Four Tops – Call Me (1971)
29) Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – The Things I Will Not Miss (1973)
30) Judy Clay & Billy Vera – Reaching For The Moon (1969)
31) Peaches & Herb – I’m In The Mood For Love (1966)
32) Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – Heaven Must Have Sent You (I Know) (1966)
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