20 Feet From Stardom is a documentary about all of the really great backup singers from the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70’s, the people, especially black women, who broke the mold and changed the sound of pop music.
The movie focusses in especially on Darlene Love, who sang lead on the recordings, “He’s A Rebel,” “Da Doo Ron Ron”, and “Uptown,” Merry Clayton, who has backed up everyone and is known primarily for her kick-ass solo on the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter, and Lisa Fischer, a remarkable singer who has now been with the Rolling Stones since 1980 singing a variety of stuff. She’s won a Grammy for her solo work and she has an amazing Jazz voice.
This movie also explores some of the more talented young singers working today, including Judith Hill, who started out with Michael Jackson. A wonderful film full of lots of really great music and interviews with Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Sting, and a whole bunch of others. This is a must see for anybody even remotely involved in music!