Linda and I were listening to the radio the other day and that old chestnut “Baby, its cold outside” came on. Only there was something oddly familiar about the singers. Could it be? Two of the most distinctive vocalists of our generation. It sounded like the high country warble of Dolly Parton and the hoarse breathy tenor of Rod Stewart!
I tracked it down. Its a track on Stewarts 2006 release Stardust… The Great American Songbook, Vol. III. And he does indeed duet with Dolly Parton. It isn’t too bad, but the baggage each singer brings to the performance gets in the way for me.
You can hear a brief audio clip on this amazon.com page for the album. Scroll down a couple of screens.
Look at some of the other artists who have covered this song: Leon Redbone, LeeAnn Womack (I’ve got that version), Bette Midler, more.