On this day in 1935, the late and indescribably great Italian tenor and generous humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti, was born.
Here’s one of my favourite duets, recorded in 2002 at one of the many world-famous ‘Pavarotti and Friends’ concerts, this one in aid of Angolan refugees in Zambia: ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ (with James Brown, also sadly missed).
Others that spring to mind: Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel (Don’t Give Up’), Roy Orbison and k.d. lang (Crying’), Gene Pitney and Marc Almond (Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’), Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry (Seven Seconds’) and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Through the Morning, Through the Night’).
Your favourite duets today, then. Include a favourite from Luciano Pavarotti’s extensive list, if you are able to. There have been many memorable ones down the years, but his sharing the stage with B.B. King (for the children of Guatemala and Kosovo and ‘The Thrill Is Gone’) in 1999 was rather special.
If you’re stuck for ideas, or just in a picky mood, try this fanciful list of 50, as chosen by the Telegraph. I think they chose the wrong Sinatra for top spot, myself. Should have been Frank and Ella Fitzgerald…