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Documentary turns spotlight on voices in the background

From left, Jo Lawry, Judith Hill and Lisa Fischer are seen in the documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” about singers who perform backup vocals with little or no recognition.
From left, Jo Lawry, Judith Hill and Lisa Fischer are seen in the documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” about singers who perform backup vocals with little or no recognition.
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They had big voices, “as big as Aretha Franklin’s,” an admirer confesses. But they gave up their dreams, learned to “sacrifice individuality,” to step into the background as Ike and Mick, Bette and Bruce, Paul Simon and Ray Charles and legions of others took the spotlight while these lesser lights swayed in time to the music and sang backup, a mere “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” Here’s a documentary built on that signature line from Lou ...


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