There was a brilliant programme on the BBC iPlayer for the last few weeks, about backing singers for the big rock and pop bands. It's called "20 feet from Stardom" and was absolutely brilliant. These singers, who have backed people like Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and countless others are among the best musicians on the planet and vocally could out-sing any of the stars that they stand behind - but the conclusion of the programme was that for the most part they were happier out of the limelight.
One of the early stars was Darlene Love who was a part of the Blossoms in the early 60s - they were the girl voices behind Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys and dozens more. Darlene was also the main voice on Winter Wonderland on A Christmas Gift for you from Phil Spector. Her first lead vocal was on the song He's a Rebel which was credited to the Crystals - lots of skulduggery was going on in the music biz in those days. She went on into acting and still sings - an amazing voice.
Which leads me to today's prompt ... Here she is singing the wonderful Sleigh Ride with Ronnie Spector from the Ronettes - It's a live recording and I love the trumpeter doing the horse sounds :) What a band.
I'm joining in this month with Julie's Advent Scavenger Hunt