There was a pleasant melange, like a perfect blend of the male and female voice, which came about when Ngoc Lan and Duy Quang paired up to record a duet. The chemistry between the two voices was undeniably magical. This was proven with the high sales these two artists experienced with their first duet album together, Bien Mong, released in 1987 by Kim Ngan, and again with Tinh Phai, released in 1989 by Dream Musical Productions. Both Ngoc Lan and Duy Quang were aware of how compatible their voices were for duets. That is why they recorded duet albums together a total of three times. Their last duet album recorded together was entitled Ta Say, released in 1994 by Ngoc Lan Musique.
Nhu Mai and Kieu Nga had each recorded duets with Ngoc Lan. Similar to the popularity Ngoc Lan had experienced on duets with Duy Quang, her duets with Kieu Nga were widely received by Vietnamese audiences everywhere. The most popular duet song recorded by these two ladies would undoubtedly be Anh Thi Khong (Toi Jamais). The music video to that song alone was reason enough for the song's popularity with Vietnamese audiences.
Here are my selections of the best duets Ngoc Lan had recorded with another artist.
1. Anh Thi Khong (Toi Jamais) - Ngoc Lan & Kieu Nga
Of course, this song had to be included. Who doesn't like this version recorded by the top two Vietnamese queens of French music? This song was featured on Ngoc Lan and Kieu Nga's duet album released by May Productions, Paris Van Doi. Vietnamese lyrics for this song were written by Vu Xuan Hung.
2. Neu Xa Nhau - Ngoc Lan & Duy Quang
Featured on their first duet album together, Bien Mong, released by Kim Ngan (1987). This Duc Huy penned love song was done best as a duet by these two.
3. Mua Dong Cua Anh - Ngoc Lan & Duy Quang
I loved this song ever since I heard the original version recorded by Nhat Truong and Thanh Lan prior to 1975. But I must say, Ngoc Lan and Duy Quang added a certain distinct charm of their own with their version featured on their second duet album together, Tinh Phai, released by Dream Musical Productions (1989). This song was written by Tran Thien Thanh AKA Nhat Truong, of course.
4. Tren Dinh Mua Dong - Ngoc Lan & Nhat Truong
Featured on the Ngoc Lan and Nhat Truong duet album, Chan Troi Tim, released by May Productions, this has been one of my favorite songs writeen by Tran Thien Thanh ever since I can remember. I love how Ngoc Lan's voice blended so well with Nhat Truong's, similar to that of Thanh Lan and Nhat Truong's recorded duets together from way back in the day.
5. Nguoi Lia Xa (Tu T'en Vas) - Ngoc Lan & Elvis Phuong
Elvis Phuong had recorded many great albums in the 1980s. Among them was this unforgettable album, Lady Nguoi Toi Yeu, released in 1988, which comprised of a collection of French love songs he recorded with several female vocalists such as Kieu Nga, Minh Xuan and Ngoc Lan. Vietnamese lyrics to this song were written by Nhat Ngan.
There you have it. That was my selection of the top 5 duet songs recorded by Ngoc Lan. What were some of your favorite duet songs Ngoc Lan had recorded?