Pop Stand: Just Duet

Noel Holston
2 min readJun 12, 2024

Sometimes it takes two, baby, to make a hit

Brook Benton and Dinah Washington had what it takes. Album cover photo by Noel Holston

Now here’s a Pop Stand playlist that I bet you can, well, double.

There are so many great duets in the history of American popular music, from movie musicals to Motown. I’ve listed more than a dozen, and I’m not even going back as far as Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald trilling “Indian Love Call.”

I’m looking forward to seeing the song titles — and duos — that you come up with.

So, it’s one for the money, two for the show:

I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine — Ike & Tina Turner

Islands in the Stream — Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

I Need Your Loving Every Day — Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford

Let It Be Me — Jerry Butler and Betty Everett

Mockingbird — Charlie & Inez Foxx

Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man — Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty

Love Is Strange — Mickey and Sylvia

Dark End of the Street — The Kendalls

You’re Just in Love — Ethel Merman and Donald O’Connor

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight — Richard and Linda Thompson

Something Stupid — Frank and Nancy Sinatra

Tramp — Otis Redding and Carla Thomas

It Takes Two — Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Happy Trails — Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Baby, You Got What It Takes — Brook Benton and Dinah Washington