Sons and daughters of famous musicians often go on to make exciting creative projects of their own. It’s always great, then, when such talented parents and children collaborate on songs together. The following list contains the best examples of that phenomenon. “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” by Birdman and Lil’ Wayne deserves an honorable mention, although the two are not technically related.
1. Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole— “Unforgettable”
The Irving Gordon-penned track “Unforgettable” was popularized by Nat King Cole in 1951, but the best version of the song wasn’t released until 1991. That’s when Nat King Cole rerecorded the track as a duet with his daughter, Natalie Cole. The song won three Grammys that year, including “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.” The track is a beautiful rendition of the song, and it definitely deserved the high acclaim that it received.
2. Nas and Olu Dara— “Bridging The Gap”
Nas’s father Olu Dara was a prolific jazz musician, and this aptly-named track truly bridges the gap between the closely-linked American genres of jazz and hip-hop. The song’s blues-y sample is borrowed from Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy,” and Olu fills the hook with loving sentiments about his son. “I told him as a youngster / he’d be the greatest man alive,” Dara sings. Nas is certainly one of the greatest rappers alive, and this is definitely one of the best father/son musical collaborations ever.
3. Roseanne Cash and Johnny Cash— “September When It Comes”
Johnny Cash joined his daughter Roseanne for a reworked version of her song “September When It Comes.” The duet was recorded and released in Johnny Cash’ later years, so the singer’s voice contains the type of fragility found on other songs such as his cover of Nine Inch Nails “Hurt.” Although those two songs are tough to listen to, it’s usually worth it.
4. Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra— “Something Stupid”
This duet doesn’t have the emotional impact of most of the other tracks on the list. It’s simply an enjoyable song. The Sinatras have great voices, and this song is a fantastic display of their abilities.
5. Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.— “There’s A Tear In My Beer”
Hank Williams originally recorded a song called “There’s A Tear In My Beer” in the early 1950s. The song wasn’t released until 1989, however, after it was reworked by Hank Williams’ son Hank Williams Jr. The younger Williams took the original recording and added more instrumentation to the song, and merged his own vocals with those of his fathers. The result is a touching, well-composed country duet.