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Old 02-27-2013, 02:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Greatest songwriting duo ever ?

Hi all you MBers!

I was reading an article (a review of the new Johnny Marr album) that talked about Morrissey & Marr being the 3rd greatest songwriting partnership behind L&M and J&R.

FYI the article is here...

Johnny Marr - The Messenger Review

This got me thinking- WHO are the greatest writing duos ever!?

My top 5:

Jagger & Richards
Lennon & McCartney
Morrissey & Marr
Strummer & Jones
Page & Plant

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Do you agree? Who else would you have?
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't really have favorite songwriter duos because it's not something I've really reflected on, but I guess I could mention that I think Burt Bacharach & Hal David and Elton John & Bernie Taupin are worthy of mentions in this thread.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Elton John & Bernie Taupin ! Good call.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Lennon & McCartney team and the Bacharach & David team were the among the most prolific songwriting teams of the Sixties... but the Holland brothers may have written more hit songs than either Lennon & McCartney or Bacharach & David.

Eddie (lyrics) & Brian Holland (music) wrote many of the Motown classics for the Supremes, the Marvelettes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas, and the Miracles. Lamont Dozier also got a songwriting credit for being the producer and arranger of the Holland brothers' songs; hence the Holland-Dozier-Holland imprint on many of the Motown songs. Here's a link to a list of songs written by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team: Category:Songs written by Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Eddie Holland also teamed with another in-house Motown producer, Norman Whitfield, to write most of hit songs for the Temptations. The Holland brothers, along with Lamont Dozier & Norman Whitfield all left the Motown label over royalty distribution disputes with owner Barry Gordy.

You can't ignore the Gershwin brothers whose songs have endured for nearly a century.

George & Ira Gershwin composed a book of pop music and jazz standards that have endured longer than any of the pop/rock music composers. The Gershwin Brothers wrote hit songs for such musical giants as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald & the Count Basie Band. Among the Gershwin brother classics:

But Not For Me
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Oh Lady Be Good
They All Laughed
I've Got a Crush on You
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Embraceable You
I Got Rhythm
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
They Can't Take That Away From Me


Any jazz player or singer worth their salt knows the Gershwin-Gershwin songbook like the back of their hand...Even Coltrane & Monk performed covers of many of the Gershwin standards.
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Certainly one of the greatest songwriting duos of all time: Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. I'd say after Chuck Berry they were the most determinant songwriters of the 50s.
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Thanks all for the replies some very though provoking stuff for me to digest here.
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Lennon & McCartney team and the Bacharach & David team were the among the most prolific songwriting teams of the Sixties... but the Holland brothers may have written more hit songs than either Lennon & McCartney or Bacharach & David.

Eddie (lyrics) & Brian Holland (music) wrote many of the Motown classics for the Supremes, the Marvelettes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas, and the Miracles. Lamont Dozier also got a songwriting credit for being the producer and arranger of the Holland brothers' songs; hence the Holland-Dozier-Holland imprint on many of the Motown songs. Here's a link to a list of songs written by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team: Category:Songs written by Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Eddie Holland also teamed with another in-house Motown producer, Norman Whitfield, to write most of hit songs for the Temptations. The Holland brothers, along with Lamont Dozier & Norman Whitfield all left the Motown label over royalty distribution disputes with owner Barry Gordy.

You can't ignore the Gershwin brothers whose songs have endured for nearly a century.

George & Ira Gershwin composed a book of pop music and jazz standards that have endured longer than any of the pop/rock music composers. The Gershwin Brothers wrote hit songs for such musical giants as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald & the Count Basie Band. Among the Gershwin brother classics:

But Not For Me
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Oh Lady Be Good
They All Laughed
I've Got a Crush on You
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Embraceable You
I Got Rhythm
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
They Can't Take That Away From Me


Any jazz player or singer worth their salt knows the Gershwin-Gershwin songbook like the back of their hand...Even Coltrane & Monk performed covers of many of the Gershwin standards.
Great post, Gavin
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I would say La Reid and babyface. those are two great combinations.
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Based on their popularity and ability to endure the ages, I'm gonna have to throw Don Henley and Glen Frey. I know they had a lot of help from that guy that sued them (and won). Felder? Also, I believe Joe Walsh did the guitar stuff on 'Hotel California.'

I am not a big Eagles fan. But my god, these dudes are still overplayed today, so that has mean something, right?

It doesn't help that I have recently watched the new documentary on them. I was surprised by how many of their songs I knew. When I say knew, I mean I could sing along with ease. And I don't have any Eagles music in my library and haven't for, well, ever. There's something to be said for staying and overplaying power.
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Lou Reed + John Cale
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