Duets From Beyond The Grave

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Following the opinion-dividing news that Susan Boyle is to record a posthumous duet with Elvis Presley for her upcoming Christmas album, here’s a look at five of the best collaborations between the living and the dead.

Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley – “Turn Your Lights Down Low”

One of her last great musical contributions before her wasteful descent into tax-evading reclusiveness, the former Fugees star joined forces with the late father of her then-partner Rohan Marley for a typically chilled 1999 retooling of Exodus album track, “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

Aaliyah feat. Drake – “Enough Said”

Ignore the loathsome Chris Brown’s attempt to overshadow his rival’s tribute to Aaliyah, long time Baby Girl obsessive Drake’s hazy electro-R&B offering was a far more respectful use of the tragic star’s goosebump-inducing vocals. 

2Pac feat. Elton John – “Ghetto Gospel”

Famous for releasing more material following his 1996 murder than before it, Tupac’s back catalogue is littered with duets from beyond the grave. But continuing producer Eminem’s unlikely affiliation with Elton John, it was this 2005 hook-up with the Rocket Man that proved to be one of his most emotive.

Nas feat. Amy Winehouse – “Cherry Wine”

Nas admitted he was initially reluctant about the idea of using the troubled soul diva’s vocals on new material after she became the latest member of the dreaded 27 Club in 2011. But he needn’t have worried as this tasteful jazz-tinged standout from Life Is Good is up there with the best of Back To Black.

Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable”

Having previously refused to cover any of her late father’s classic big band standards, Natalie Cole finally relented in 1991 with an entire album dedicated to the ‘King,’ the highlight of which was this touching Grammy-winning virtual duet.

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