Rock Duets also has its place in the history of rock’n’roll. From power ballads to hard rock anthems, and, of course from hits to classics, the rock duet appears in all forms and areas. Below are the 7 Classic Rock Duets That Took Over The 80s’:
Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford – Close My Eyes Forever (1988)
Sharon was to blame for the Prince Of Darkness to perform a power ballad duet with Lita Ford. At that time, the wife was both managing former Runaways star, Lita Ford and her husband. So with no difficulties, he had put two together delivering Close My Eyes Forever.
David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street (1985)
Two legendary rock musicians, and a famous old Motown music. All turned out to be perfect. Bowie and Jagger rocked Dancing In The Street raising money for Live Aid.
INXS & Jimmy Barnes – Good Times (1987)
Jimmy Barnes former frontman of Cold Chisel and INXS recorded together the Aussie classic, The Easybeats’ Good Times. INXS and Barnes version became a cut soundtrack to the horror-comedy film The Lost Boys
Almost Paradise – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson (1984)
Mike Reno and Heart’s Ann Wilson’s Almost Paradise was featured in Footloose – a film so classy 80s it had the prominent Kevin Bacon.
Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (1981)
She was one of the most prominent players in rock n’ roll, vocalist, and songwriter and he was Tom Petty – the two first met in 1978, she was, in Petty’s words, “this absolutely stoned-gone, huge fan.” Nicks loved Petty’s songs so much that she desired one to sing. “It was her mission in life,” he said, “that I should write her a song.”
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure (1981)
What began out as a piece of entertainment, without preparation collaboration between two beasts of rock, transformed into what Brian May later described “a fierce battle”. And it was a fight that Bowie won, his ego bigger even than Freddie Mercury’s. As May stated of the production of Under Pressure: “It was hard, because you had four very precocious boys and David, who was precocious enough for all of us. David took over the song lyrically.”
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner – It’s Only Love (1985)
The greatest duet of all time wasn’t instantly made with a couple of voices in views, but when Bryan Adams resolved on recording It’s Only Love with a female musician, he recognized quickly who he needed: soul legend Tina Turner.