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Entertainment from the greatest backup singers ever
on August 9, 2013
So you never thought about those backup singers that make so many songs memorable? You will after you see this movie. The Stones, Beatles, David Bowie, Springstein, Elton, Bette Midler, Lynard Skynard, and other greats all used backup singers on their most famous songs, and as we learn here, they are blazing talents equal to Aretha who had to live in the shadows of the stars they sang behind.
When you hear these ladies unleash their unbelievable voices, you will wonder how they never made it to stardom. Their voices are beyond belief. So how is it possible that one was reduced to cleaning people's houses to survive?
This movie explores all the reasons these incredible ladies who sing never made it all the way to the stardom they deserved. They even were the actual voices of The Crystals in the 1960's, and watched as The Crystals were celebrated stars, while lip syncing and taking credit for their own voices.
You won't have a dull moment watching this. And you will remember it for a long time. The music, the singing, are rare treats. This is in theaters now where I live, but it is such a great documentary, so well done, so entertaining, with such an amazing display of talent and such unbelievable voices, that I want to watch it several more times, something I never do.
The soundtrack and performances are rare footage that I've not seen anyplace. It's worth seeing just for the that. The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Stones, Bowie, Springstein, Cream, Lynard Skynard, Tina Turner and the Ikettes (Ike Turner is described as thinking of himself as a pimp), Luther Vandross, and other such greats, are shown in early performances, with their backup singers. No one should miss seeing the young Tina Turner with the Ikettes, shaking their tail feathers circa 1969. The old people sitting behind me were gasping for air.
The audience of elderly retirees where I live, who most likely don't listen to the Stones or other groups shown, were amazed, and were breathlessly raving about this as they shuffled out of the theater. It's almost unheard of to be this thoroughly entertained by a movie.
Rotten Tomatoes rating for this is 99%.
This should win an of award for its story, and musical entertainment value, as well as being one of the absolute best documentaries ever made. And I have no doubt it will do just that. Don't miss seeing this one.