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Film Shines Spotlight On Background Singers

One of the films that one an Academy Award Sunday was “20 Feet From Stardom.”  It featured Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder talking about the backup singers they’ve worked with over the years.  This “Best Documentary Feature” winner is available On Demand and on Netflix and I highly recommend it!  I found the movie to be entertaining with great, foot-tapping video clips of performances spanning a wide range of music styles and eras.  Plus it’s really eye-opening!  I never knew that Luther Vandross sang backup on David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” for example.  And you know that powerful female voice that takes over The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”?  Wait until you hear how Merry Clayton got that gig!

You can see the Trailer for the movie here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2kgRq_pGN2g

(photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/TwentyFeetFromStardom)

What songs do you like where the backup singer or singers are featured prominently?  I’ll start off with a couple:  Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” and Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.”  Please let us know some of your favorites in the Comments section below.

 

 

 

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