Featuring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton (spectacular backing vocals on The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter) and Lisa Fischer -whose voices have brought harmony to many of the most famous artists in popular music, but we have little idea about the life of a backing singer.
Too often they remain the unnamed voices at the back of the stage. 20 Feet from Stardom, puts them firmly in the spotlight. she had sung on, she said “let me see… That’s Life by Frank Sinatra. Chain Gang by Sam Cooke. These Boots Are Made for Walkin’. Move Over, Darling by Doris Day, Bobby Darin.”
And the live shows? “Oh, Lord…countless! Tom Jones, Sammy Davis, Dionne Warwick, the Elvis Comeback Special in ’68”
The film premiered at Sundance in 2013 and went on to win Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.