Backing singers can make a record sound great but they rarely get any credit (unless you are watching a celebrity line-up as on the Roy Orbison black and whitevideo with Bonnie Raitt, KD Lang, Jennifer Warne, and a host of other luminaries).
Last year Mick Jagger was talking about making their story into a TV drama and Broadway show.
The project was to be based on the Oscar nominated documentary “20 feet from fame” which tells how African American gospel singers got involved with popular music, largely through singing sessions with white British rock groups like the Stones.
Singers like Merry Clayton who sang with the Supremes, Elvis Presley, and Ray Charles; Lisa Fischer who was tipped to become the next Aretha Franklin but preferred session work (although she did win a Grammy as a solo singer in 1992), and Darlene Love, part of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” who sang with Tom Jones, the Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley.
I don’t know what became of Jagger’s idea but the DVD of “20 feet from fame” is released in the UK today and I’m just waiting for the post to deliver my copy (“Please Mr Postman”)