Wednesday Jukebox: “20 Feet From Stardom”
Wednesday Jukebox is a weekly series where we pick a theme then share some of our favorite songs from it, then it becomes an ‘open thread’ and you drop a quarter in the machine by posting your favorites and telling your stories as well.
While you might not know Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer by name or by face, you definitely know their voices. And by the end of the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom you will know a lot more about their lives as the big, backing vocals of some of music’s biggest songs. If the documentary comes to your town GO AND SEE IT. Even if you think you know your music stuff, there are some surprises in store for you. In the meantime…
Merry Clayton – Yes
80s cheese noted, this is one of my favorite songs because it is MERRY CLAYTON. Even as a teen I instantly recognized Clayton’s voice as the one I had been mimicking for years from…
The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
Clayton’s make this entire song for me.
The Blossoms – Dancing in the Streets
Ahhh the incomparable Darlene Love. Nowadays audiences are more familiar with her appearance as Trish Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon and annual trips to David Letterman to sing her signature tune…
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Down)
A song so perfect I never wait until Christmas to play it.
Eric Clapton (and Marcella Detroit then known as Marcy Levy) – The Core
I will never not love this song, and 90% of it is Marcy’s vocals. Remember her other band with Siobhan Fahey…
Shakespears Sister – I Don’t Care
I prefer this track off “Hormonely Yours” rather than the song the band is better known for.
Culture Club – Black Money
I’ll just leave this here so you can drown in the ocean of fab that is Miss Helen Terry.
Now it’s your turn at the mic. Who are your favorite back up singers and performances?