[lastfm]The Civil Wars[/lastfm] marched to Chicago and can now claim victory. The singing partners Joy Williams and John Paul White (sounds like a Confederate colonel) performed at a sold out XRT Show at The Vic Sunday night. Hear them live on Frank’s show today at 1:20pm. The plaintive effect of their voices together is turning this duo into one of the genuine musical sensations of 2011. A man and a woman’s voice in perfect harmony is one of my favorite musical genres. Here are ten beauties to remember.

Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush-Don’t Give Up. In my musical firmament, these two sing on Mt. Olympus for the benefit of the gods. They get all huggy in this video.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris-In My Hour of Darkness. Gram discovered Emmylou. They fell in love. They made beautiful music together. Gram lived fast and died young. Gram and Emmylou singing together transcended such earthly concerns. Please remember to play this at my funeral.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova-Into the Mystic. Life imitating art. Where does one begin and one start. An unrequited love in the movie Once blossomed into love beyond the movie and then returned to a singing relationship that was meant to be. “Into The Mystic” is one of the greatest songs ever written. When Marketa joins in, wow.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell-Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. As good as it gets.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Tammy Wynette and George Jones-We’re Not The Jet Set. Whenever I feel like things are moving a little too fast, I turn to this tune. Covered beautifully by John Prine and Iris DeMent.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

John Prine and Iris Dement- John did an album of duets with various female singers. I’ve seen these two sing some of the selections from that disc and the mix of John’s salty voice with Iris’ sweet songbird voice is delicious.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Richard and Linda Thompson-Walking on a Wire. Some of Richard’s best music featured a female vocal foil. Nothing was quite as powerful as when Richard and Linda were a couple.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Buddy and Julie Miller- Chalk. Buddy most recently recorded and toured with Robert Plant. Buddy is a formidable hired guitar-slinger who plays and tours with some of my favorite artists. He is also a deft and moving songwriter whose collaborations with his wife are magnificent.

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Steve Earle and Allison Moorer-Days Aren’t Long Enough. You may think Steve lives a charmed life because his flirtation, nay, marriage with drugs would have killed a weaker man. Others will tell you his charmed life can be traced to his marriage to Allison Moorer, an usually stunning

Lin’s Next Male And Female Singing Duo

Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros- They even whistle in harmony.

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