On May 28 2002, Grace Jones took the stage in Modena, Italy, for Luciano Pavarotti’s Pavarotti and Friends, a show in aid of Angolan refugees in Zambia. Other top names in the tenor’s home town for the show were Sting, James Brown, Andrea Bocelli, Loud Reed and Zucchero. But none wowed them more than Jones.
Pavarotti, charismatic, generous, powerful, elegant, liekble and a colossus of pop culture, was the supreme crossover artist, and in Jones he found his equal. You doubt it? Pavarotti told Opera News in 1998: “I think an important quality that I have is that if you turn on the radio and hear somebody sing, you know it’s me. You don’t confuse my voice with another voice.”
For Pavarotti, read Jones: