20 Feet From Stardom: 2014′s Music Documentary Oscar Hope

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Can the world’s most soulful backline repeat Searching For Sugar Man’s golden statue win?

20 FEET FROM STARDOM, Morgan Neville’s documentary charting the lives of some of music’s greatest background singers, picked up an Oscar nomination earlier today. Its makers are hoping to recreate the success of last year’s Best Doc winner, the uplifting Rodriguez film Searching For Sugar Man.

Like …Sugar Man, 20 Feet From Stardom isn’t short of crossover potential, having already taken $5 million at the US Box Office. Its cast of singers wear their hearts on their sleeves and prove that music’s real stars aren’t always those standing at the front.

20 Feet From Stardom – Oscar nominated, out in the UK on March 28.

20 Feet From Stardom – Oscar nominated, out in the UK on March 28.

The women behind the powerhouse voices include Darlene Love (the often-uncredited star of Phil Spector’s ’60s productions), Merry Clayton (that gut-wrenching vocal on the Stones’ Gimme Shelter? That’s her), Lisa Fischer (the Stones’ lead backing singer since 1989 and the person responsible for this mind-blowing vocal), Judith Hill (booked to sing with Michael Jackson at hisz ill-fated O2 comeback shows and now singing with Stevie Wonder), Tata Vega (touring with Elton John and the voice behind the soundtrack for The Color Purple) and Claudia Lennear (Ikette, member of Joe Cocker’s legendary Mad Dogs And Englishman band and one-time Jagger squeeze).

Their stories – each peppered with heady successes, plummeting failures and some serious hard graft – are bonded by a simple desire to serve the music, to stay out of the spotlight and to maintain concentration on what they describe as “the blend”.

Whether 20 Feet From Stardom can follow the success of …Sugar Man will be decided at the Oscars ceremony on March 2. UK readers will be able to catch it when it’s released on March 28. Until then, check out the trailer below.

Ross Bennett, January 16, 2014

The Rolling Stones – Midnight Rambler (Live NYC) – OFFICIAL

Published on Jul 6, 2012 by TheRollingStones

The Rolling Stones performing “Midnight Rambler”, live at Madison Square Gardens, January 2003.

“Midnight Rambler” was originally on the 1969 album Let It Bleed. It was first performed live in Hyde Park in July 1969.

This version features Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards on guitar, Charlie Watts on drums, Ronnie Wood on guitar, Darryl Jones on bass, Chuck Leavell on piano, Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler on backing vocals, Blondie Chaplin on backing vocals and percussion, Bobby Keys and Tim Ries on saxophone, Michael Davis and Kent Smith on horns.

“Midnight Rambler”- Live