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All together now: best classic rock collaborations in 2013

By November 20, 2013

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Some musical collaborations seem downright odd when you first try to visualize the pairings: David Bowie and Bing Crosby (they performed a Christmas song, "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" on Crosby's 1977 TV Christmas special); Elton John and Dolly Parton (a duet on the CMA Awards show in 2005); Lou Reed and Metallica (they recorded an album together in 2011.)

And then there are those that had "dream team" written all over them from the start: The Beatles and Eric Clapton ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in 1968); Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney ("Say Say Say" in 1983); Traveling Wilburys (George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison).

Classic rock collaborations in 2013 have fallen somewhere between the two extremes. Some crossed genre boundaries, some reunited old friends, some were a little surprising. Here are my favorite five:
My favorite classic rock collaborations in 2013

If you have a minute or two, post a comment and share some of your picks for "best and worst" collaborations of all time.


December 8, 2013 at 2:50 am
(1) JiiKoo says:

In Traveling Wilburys there was also someone called Bob Dylan. I don’t know if anybody know him!

December 8, 2013 at 4:25 am
(2) Dave White says:

Good call, JiiKoo. I must have either been half asleep or in a hurry (or both) and not only dropped Dylan, but didn’t catch it in proofreading. I’m really glad you flagged it. Otherwise my bonehead blunder would have lived on forever. Thanks!

December 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm
(3) Otto Greenleaf says:

Dear Dave:
Don’t know if this qualifies as a rock duo of 2013, but my pick would be EmmyLou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

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