A Song You’d Sing a Duet with Someone on Karaoke

30-Day Song Challenge, Day 17: A Song You’d Seen a Duet with Someone on Karaoke

Fun fact: I have never karaoke’d, as a duo or otherwise. And I’m not sure I ever would, at least not without copious amounts of liquid courage. But if it did somehow come down to that, I can think of no better dueting tune than Sonny and Cher’s immortal 1965 hit “I Got You Babe.” (Here’s another fun fact: When Cher first heard it, she reportedly thought it was a dumb song that would never go anywhere. She’s still performing it in concert half a century later.)

Yeah, I know, it’s a bit of a cliche and can even induce eye-rolling under the wrong circumstances, especially after the movie Groundhog Day used it to such horrifying effect, but it’s a sweet song that’s in a key just about anyone can manage (let’s be honest, Sonny Bono wasn’t much of a singer), and to my ear, it perfectly captures the innocent optimism of young love. But it’s also somehow weirdly applicable to older love too; I can easily see it as a fond commentary on a couple that’s been down the road and back, and somehow, against the odds, is still together… weatherbeaten but happy with each other. Whether you hear it as an anthem to nineteen-year-olds or a reminder of your own lost youth or as a poignant declaration to your life partner of decades — hell, why not all three? — it’s one of those songs that just makes you happy to hear. At least it makes me happy.

I have no idea where this video clip comes from — obviously a vintage television program — but it’s a pretty poignant thing too. I first got to know Sonny and Cher on their weekly TV show in the early ’70s, which was largely built around the “joke” of Cher being mean to her hopelessly square husband. As I understand it, by that point in their relationship, her antipathy for him wasn’t an act. But here they’re both fresh and cute and visibly enamored of each other, before life and fame and god knows what ground whatever they had together into a pulp.

Anyhow, that’s really all I’ve got to say about this one. Short and sweet this time. Enjoy!



One comment on “A Song You’d Sing a Duet with Someone on Karaoke

  1. Melissa

    so, i actually have sung a karaoke duet:

    Hello Goodbye by the Beatles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rblYSKz_VnI

    my college boyfriend wanted to sing karaoke really bad. i DID NOT! this was before i had ever wanted to sing, or thought i could sing. I also did not drink at this time, lol. i have no idea how he got me up there. but afterwards, i ended up singing a solo song. I’ll be damned if i can remember what it was. But my roommate was there and she complimented me. I actually think it was the beginning of my singing career.

    also, when Jimmy and I had comcast (back when we lived downtown in the condo) it had a karaoke channel. I talked Jimmy into singing Endless Love with me once https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM_R1R28kLM

    On a serious note he and i also sang this one in a band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqW6l5_cXZU
    Poison Lovers by Steve Earle and ??? I doubt it’s offered at most karaoke sessions.

    And one more thing. The BEST duet of all time (fight me!) is the album “Raising Sand” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. I suppose since it’s a whole album, it is a collaboration, not a duet.
    Please Read the Letter is one of my faves from that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Xi5gvZ7Kk