You might think you don't know Darlene Love. But you're wrong. You've heard her on hits starting in the '60s -- songs like "He's a Rebel," Da Doo Ron Ron," and "Christmas Baby Please Come Home." When you think of that oldies girl group sound, it's her voice you're thinking of.
|Photos by Ciara LaVelle|
|Darlene Love greets fans on the red carpet.|
Love is arguably one of the most important pop musicians of the last century, but few people have heard her name because of a music industry that hid her behind lesser talent. The same goes for Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, and Claudia Lennear -- all backup singers with resumes packed with music's biggest stars (Ray Charles, Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones) whose vocal talents are as unbelievable as the fact that they never became household names.
Twenty Feet From Stardom, the Miami International Film Festival's opening night film, tells the stories of these singers and others, with input from Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Sheryl Crow, among other musicians who've made it into the spotlight. But the real stars of this film are the backup singers -- and after the screening, Darlene Love took the stage to prove that even at 71, she's still got pipes that'll blow your mind.
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