First Hit #1: April 18, 1987
The trick with a duet is to find two voices that match well. Unexpectedly, Aretha Franklin and George Michael are actually kind of perfect for each other. Sure, a hot young pop star and a respected soul diva don’t sound like they’ll mesh well – and Franklin would surely stomp all over most hot young pop stars that pop up – but Michael’s music has always shown a certain appreciation for soul classics all along. It’s not really a surprise to find out that the collaboration existed solely so he could work with one of his favorite artists, but it is a surprise that it worked out so well. They actually have similar voices, with a slightly rough low end and the ability to hit powerful notes if they want to. But they’re not so similar they sound alike, and the two voices mesh well through the duet and give it a lot of the punch it needs. It’s really about two people singing together, above all else, and while the production is kind of bland, once they start trading lines in the chorus they come into their own. Two great voices that go great together.