Created By: Windsong12 on July 25, 2011 Last Edited By: Synchronicity on January 7, 2012

Do It As A Duet

A song is covered as a duet, even when it wasn\'t originally sung like so.

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Previous title: Duetize

Despite the fact that some songs were originally written for one person, somebody might decide to cover it as a duet between two people - be it two existing members of a band, or the artist and a guest star. Perhaps, in the end, it worked better that way. Perhaps it's an excuse to get a special guest singer on the album. Perhaps the two singers just harmonize well.

A Music Trope, obviously. Depending on how the lines are divided between the singers, The Cover Changes the Meaning can come into play.

Examples

Music
  • Broken by Seether. A second version was recorded with Amy Lee.
  • Frank Sinatra's Duets and Duets II.
  • Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable", as covered by his daughter Natalie.
  • The Zuton's "Valerie," which was covered by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson.
  • Considering it was the the Breakaway Pop Hit from the movie Duets, Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow's version of "Cruisin'" probably should be mentioned. It should be noted, though, that even if they split up Smokey Robinson's lyrics, Lewis's harmony during the chorus matches that of one of the Miracles, thus making it arguably not stem from a solo number.
  • By the end of Uncle Kracker's version of "Drift Away", it's a full-fledged duet with original artist Dobie Gray.
  • Vanessa Carlton's involvement with the Counting Crows version of "Big Yellow Taxi."
  • The cast of Glee has done this more than a few times (covering things like Journey's Faithfully and Adele's Rolling in the Deep as duets).
  • I think the song Edelweiss wasn't originally a duet, but that's the way it was sung in The Sound of Music (by the father and the eldest daughter of the Von Trapp family).

Fictional Examples
  • Sly3 did this one with Bentley and Don Octavio.
  • Happened in Song Of The Saurials to a bard obsessed with preserving his art intact
    "You know, an old priestess of Selune told me something interesting about that song. Selune is the goddess of the moon," Olive explained for Grypht's benefit. "Anyway, this priestess said that the Shards--those are Selune's most powerful minions," she explained for Grypht again. "The Shards sing the song for Selune, but they sing it as a duet."
    "It should be sung as a solo," Finder said automatically.
    "I know," Olive said, "but a modest halfling like me didn't have the nerve to correct so venerable a priestess. Perhaps, Master Wyvernspur, the next time you run into the goddess Selune, you should tell her to keep her minions under control. In the meantime, why don't you try singing it with Alias, just this once?"

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • July 25, 2011
    Synchronicity
    • Glee has done this a couple of times.
  • July 25, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    • Broken by Seether. A second version was recorded with Amy Lee.
  • July 25, 2011
    JonnyB
    Frank Sinatra's Duets.

    Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable", as covered by his daughter Natalie.
  • July 26, 2011
    Synchronicity
    • The Zuton's Valerie, which was covered by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson.
  • July 26, 2011
    GoopsWorld
    Sly 3 did this one with Bentley and Don Octavio
  • July 26, 2011
    Aielyn
    Can I suggest Done As A Duet?
  • July 31, 2011
    FastEddie
  • August 3, 2011
    NetMonster
    I think the song Edelweiss wasn't originally a duet, but that's the way it was sung in The Sound Of Music (by the father and the eldest daughter of the Von Trapp family).
  • August 4, 2011
    FalconPain
    Considering it was the the Breakaway Pop Hit from the movie Duets, Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow's version of "Cruisin'" probably should be mentioned. Still, I'm hesitant. Even though they split up Smokey Robinson's lyrics, Lewis's harmony during the chorus matches that of one of the Miracles, thus making it arguably not stem from a solo number.

    By the end of Uncle Kracker's version of "Drift Away", it's a full-fledged duet with original artist Dobie Gray.

    Does Vanessa Carlton's involvement with the Counting Crows version of "Big Yellow Taxi" count as a duet or not?
  • September 2, 2011
    Synchronicity
    bumpity bumpity bump
  • September 6, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Happened in Song Of The Saurials to a bard obsessed with preserving his art intact
      "You know, an old priestess of Selune told me something interesting about that song. Selune is the goddess of the moon," Olive explained for Grypht's benefit. "Anyway, this priestess said that the Shards--those are Selune's most powerful minions," she explained for Grypht again. "The Shards sing the song for Selune, but they sing it as a duet."
      "It should be sung as a solo," Finder said automatically.
      "I know," Olive said, "but a modest halfling like me didn't have the nerve to correct so venerable a priestess. Perhaps, Master Wyvernspur, the next time you run into the goddess Selune, you should tell her to keep her minions under control. In the meantime, why don't you try singing it with Alias, just this once?"

  • September 6, 2011
    Lysythe
    Can be related to Cover Changes The Meaning, depending on how the lines are divided between the singers.
  • October 13, 2011
    Synchronicity
    bump
  • January 7, 2012
    Duncan
    "I'm Alive" was written by Kenny Chesney- it was originally recorded as a solo by Willie Nelson, then Chesney recorded it as a duet with Dave Matthews.
  • January 7, 2012
    Duncan
    Would in-universe examples from Musical Theater count? e.g.
    • West Side Story, which has "Somewhere" sung by one person, then a reprise sung by Tony and Maria.
    • Man Of La Mancha has "Dulcinea" sung by Don Quixote, then mocked by a group of men, then sung as a duet near the end of the play. Also "The Quest (The Impossible Dream)", which is reprised as a duet at the end, then by an entire chorus.

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  • January 7, 2012
    AceNoctali
    • The Tokimeki Memorial song "Seifuku" is originally a Saki Nijino Image Song, and as such is sung by her voice actress, Sachiko Sugawara; but there also exists a duet version of this song, sung by Mami Kingetsu (voice actress of main heroine Shiori Fujisaki) along with Sachiko Sugawara.
  • January 7, 2012
    reub2000
    Duets are pretty east to find on youtube.
  • January 7, 2012
    NicklePlatedStephen
    The Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson version of Valerie doesn't count, IMO. Its just Winehouse singing while Ronson produced it.
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