Long-time readers of this site will know that we here at omgblog HQ have an interest in The Art of Backing Up. A few years ago we interviewed Gloria Jones – singer of the original “Tainted Love,” Motown producer/songwriter and back-up singer for the likes of T-Rex, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner – who told us an anecdote about an unfortunate rainbow wig when asked for advice on how to make it as a back-up singer.
Jones is one of several legendary back-up vocalists featured in director Morgan Neville‘s illuminating new documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. The film profiles singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Tata Vega and the late R&B singer Luther Vandross, who famously sang back-up on David Bowie’s “Young Americans.”
Twenty Feet From Stardom just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and likely won’t hit North American cinemas until late summer. In the meantime, let’s reminisce over revered back-up singer Lisa Fischer‘s powerhouse 1991 solo single “How Can I Ease The Pain”: