Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
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The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Furthermore, special focus is given to special stand outs who endeavored to make a living in the art burdened with a low profile and more personal career frustrations, especially those who faced the very different challenge of singing in the spotlight themselves. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The film has been compared to the similarly themed book 'The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret', which chronicles the stories of uncredited studio musicians. See more »
This movie is not well researched. Straight to the point, Darlene Love did not sing the Da Doo Ron Ron nor did she sing background on it. She did not sing background for any Crystal song. Her credits are "He's A Rebel" and "He's Sure The Boy I Love". That is it. La La Brooks is the one and only original singer of the DDRR. La La's management contacted Morgan Neville and informed him of this. Morgan Neville apologized to La La Brooks. He feels Darlene pulled one on him and is further annoyed that he had to pay for the rights to the DDRR. Phil Spector has stated twice in 2012 and 2013 that Darlene had nothing to do with the DDRR. At the time of the DDRR being produced, Darlene Love was at home tending to her first born son. The background singers to the DDRR are Cher, Fanita James and Gracia Nitzsche.
I forgot to mention that Darlene Love and The Blossoms take credit for singing background on the Shoop, Shoop Song in this movie. This is not true. The hit song, SSS, was sung by Betty Everett and The Opals were the background singers. The record was produced by VJ Records of Chicago. The Blossoms sang background on Merry Clayton's version of the SSS, and this record was a flop. The Blossoms sang background on Aretha Franklin's cover of the SSS on Shindig. No record was produced for this.
Further the name of the group - is The Blossoms. It is not Darlene Love and The Blossoms. The Blossoms were created by Fanita (Edwards) James in 1954. Darlene didn't come along until the year 1958.
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