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Favorite Duet Partner

Of all the folks who sang a duet with Karen, who was your favorite?

  • Perry Como

    Votes: 13 32.5%
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Votes: 11 27.5%
  • Andy Williams

    Votes: 3 7.5%
  • Carol Burnett

    Votes: 5 12.5%
  • John Denver

    Votes: 4 10.0%
  • Suzanne Summers

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • John Davidson

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • Kristy McNichol

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Georgia Engel

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Bruce Forsythe

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Doug Strawn

    Votes: 3 7.5%

  • Total voters
    40

CarpentersToYou

Somehow you brought the gambler out in me...
^^ I always felt Karen was beyond the "same league" as "those singers." !
However, another reason I discounted the 1980 Karen-Ella Medley as my favorite duet,
is that Karen's portion begins with the already-recorded 1973 vocals (and instrumental intro)
of This Masquerade, that does not sit well with my ears (as I have detailed elsewhere).
It is odd that they didn’t choose to re-record this. Especially since they loved recording and recording the other tracks. So I will say that her vocals on the 1973 tracks are exquisite.
 

Sabar

Active Member
The duets with Perry (Sleep Well) and Ella are great. It was a difficult choice, but I picked Andy Williams because I love his voice.
 

John Adam

Well-Known Member
*From the list, Perry Como/Carpenters duet is my favorite! (Ella one is not bad either!)
*But my favorite duet partner for Karen is "Richard" hands down, and I bet if Karen were here to ask, she would say the same thing!
*The most fun duet is the one with Carol Burnett. Carol is all about fun and singing. Best of both worlds!
*Peter Cetera was a background vocal (to me) rather than a fully realized duet on "Making Love In The Afternoon," so I see why it wasn't immediately thought of. :)
 

David A

Well-Known Member
*From the list, Perry Como/Carpenters duet is my favorite! (Ella one is not bad either!)
*But my favorite duet partner for Karen is "Richard" hands down, and I bet if Karen were here to ask, she would say the same thing!
*The most fun duet is the one with Carol Burnett. Carol is all about fun and singing. Best of both worlds!
*Peter Cetera was a background vocal (to me) rather than a fully realized duet on "Making Love In The Afternoon," so I see why it wasn't immediately thought of. :)
Interesting! Certainly Karen and Richard sounded great together, but I don't think it would be accurate to say they did much in the way of actual duets, per se'. As @GaryAlan said, there's criteria for determining what counts as a 'duet' and most of what Richard did was background and supporting vocals.
 

Carpe diem

Well-Known Member
So weird that Karen (who excelled singing live) was not allowed to just lay down a live performance with Ella (who was definitely singing her part live) during that MMM special. Who makes these decisions?
 

Carpe diem

Well-Known Member
It is odd that they didn’t choose to re-record this. Especially since they loved recording and recording the other tracks. So I will say that her vocals on the 1973 tracks are exquisite.
Oh, I'm sorry "Carpenters To You", I pretty much echoed your sentiments! Didn't mean to step on your toes. Note to self; read all the previous entries to the threads before responding...:)
 

tomswift2002

Well-Known Member
Interesting! Certainly Karen and Richard sounded great together, but I don't think it would be accurate to say they did much in the way of actual duets, per se'. As @GaryAlan said, there's criteria for determining what counts as a 'duet' and most of what Richard did was background and supporting vocals.
Aren’t you forgetting Do You Hear What I Hear?, You’re Just In Love, Without A Song, Invocation & Benediction and Crystal Lullaby might even be considered a duet, since Richard takes over the lead vocal for quite a while in the later half of the song.
 

A&M Retro

Well-Known Member
Speaking of duets,
I would love to hear the live-in-concert Medley with Karen and Neil Sedaka....
as I heard Laughter in the Rain on radio today and thought of that.....
There’s a bad quality tape recorded from the audience of the Karen/Sedaka duet. I’ve never heard it, but it’s purportedly out there.
 

Another Son

Well-Known Member
My choice would probably be John Davidson or Ella. John Davidson probably has the best voice out of the males. Perry is OK, too. I like Doug Strawn as a singer, entertainer and personality. Of the females, Ella is iconic and was wonderful at what she did. She interpreted her songs brilliantly. I’m a fan of hers. Karen’s vocal performance with her isn’t my favourite, though, whereas I very much like her performance on ‘You’re Just In Love’ with John. I think there’s more warmth and feeling in Ella’s performance than John Davidson’s but, while I like her tone of voice, I like his, too. Ok - John D- Doug - Ella - John D - Ella - John D - Ella - can’t decide.
 

Carpe diem

Well-Known Member
All this talk about the Perry/Karen medley made be go back to YT to take another look at it. I swear the way that Karen looks at him, there is some chemistry there! Then he steals a smooch from her at the end...something going on there? She did like the OLDER gentlemen. Have another look;

 

Carpe diem

Well-Known Member
Sorry if I digress a bit...Speaking of Suzanne Somers, I saw her sometime around 1980 as she was headlining a show at one of the Vegas Hotels (I think it could've been the MGM Grand months before the fire). She sang she danced she told jokes. I was amazed at how talented she really was (as opposed to the bubble-headed Chrissy Snow on "Three's Company"). I was especially taken with how good a singer she was.
 

David A

Well-Known Member
All this talk about the Perry/Karen medley made be go back to YT to take another look at it. I swear the way that Karen looks at him, there is some chemistry there! Then he steals a smooch from her at the end...something going on there? She did like the OLDER gentlemen. Have another look;

At 3:40, watch the end of Richard singing and then the camera shows all 3 of them. Watch Como's face and movement as Richard finishes singing. Seems a lack of attention/etiquette on Como's part? He seems completely disinterested in Richard's singing. When he looks back to Karen he even gives like a tiny head nod, as if to say "oh, hi, our turn again"...

Anyone else see something amiss there, in terms of Como's expression and body language?

@Carpe diem When I noticed this, I was reminded of your comment about watching these videos like a "Zapruder film" :wink:
 

newvillefan

I Know My First Name Is Stephen
At 3:40, watch the end of Richard singing and then the camera shows all 3 of them. Watch Como's face and movement as Richard finishes singing. Seems a lack of attention/etiquette on Como's part? He seems completely disinterested in Richard's singing. When he looks back to Karen he even gives like a tiny head nod, as if to say "oh, hi, our turn again"...
Now you come to mention it, yeah I see that too, quite clearly.
 
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