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Who are your favorite back-up singers?
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There is a new documentary premiering  at the Sundance Film Festival called 'Twenty Five Feet From Stardom" about the art of singing behind the main act.  Included are Darlene Love & The…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rupert Lindsay Dec 4, 2012.

When does a name "group" or "act" forfit their name?
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 Using the Four Tops as an example of a current  group whose sound has been greatly altered by the departure of a signature voice for one reason or another, at what point to a group or act cease to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clyde Barrows Aug 30, 2011.

 

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Rupert Lindsay replied to Doug Shirk's discussion 'Who are your favorite back-up singers?'
"The Jordanaires"
Dec 4, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to russell's discussion 'Awesome Christmas songs?'
"Well...... .....someone has to do it.  I guess it's me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtZR3lJobjw Thirty five years in retail will make one a little jaded...... "
Dec 2, 2012
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Who are your favorite back-up singers?

There is a new documentary premiering  at the Sundance Film Festival called 'Twenty Five Feet From Stardom" about the art of singing behind the main act.  Included are Darlene Love & The Blossoms, Merry Clayton, Patti Austin and many others.I have long maintained that solo artist records should not just say "Joe Blow", but "Joe Blow and a bunch of really good people you've never heard of before" and these folks should be credited for the work they did to help make "Joe Blow" a star.  To…See More
Dec 1, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to Brian Morris's discussion 'Best Rhythm Section of All-Time'
"I'm in full agreement with you and my oversite of both is regretable.  Guess I better drag out "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" and re-watch it.  BTW, SITSOM celebrated the 10th anniversary of it's release last…"
Dec 1, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to Brian Morris's discussion 'Best Rhythm Section of All-Time'
"I hope I didn't miss a mention somewhere of either James Jamerson or Bob Babbitt on bass and Uriel Jones (or Benny Benjamin/Pistol Allen) on drums.  They were almost interchangable, but between them they were THE power behind The Funk…"
Nov 30, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to David Stephens's discussion 'What cover versions of popular or hit songs do you like better than the original?'
"Weren't those all her songs to begin with?"
Sep 5, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to Rob Byron's discussion 'Why was Donovan not reverred in the same way as Dylan and others?'
" In a way, one of the reasons I like Donovan is that his songs seemed to advance along with his recording career.  He was quirky in a Melanie Safka sort of way, but with more depth.  I really can't tell you if a lot of his…"
May 11, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to Kyla Fairchild's discussion 'Top 10 Greatest Bass Players of all time?'
"At one time there was a l-o-n-g discussion at Digital Dream Door about who is/was the best bass player.  Idiot here threw in Fritz Richmond's name, only partially in jest.  He made the top 100 list.   But seriously folks, I…"
Apr 6, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to Brian Morris's discussion 'Which Websites Do You Use To Find Great New Music?'
"The trouble with Pandora is you've got to feed through so much junk because of their music "paramators".  I recently set up a psych station because "The Technicolor Web Of Sound" shut down, and along with the 60's…"
Jan 26, 2012
Doug Shirk replied to Brian Morris's discussion 'Which Websites Do You Use To Find Great New Music?'
"NPR's "Sll Songs Considered" blog is a good choice.   I also know this ia contridiction in terms, but for modern "classic soul" or new recordings by classic soul artists, www.soulfuldetroit.com is a good bet."
Jan 26, 2012
Doug Shirk commented on Terry Roland's blog post 'Josh White Jr: A Rare Interview with the Son of a Folk Music Legend'
"memories.  Saw Josh White Jr. at a little Detroit area coffeehouse called The Absolute Zero about 1970.  Looking at his website, with pictures of The Raven Gallery and Ron Coden reminded me of the once very active folk scene in the Detroit…"
Nov 25, 2011
Doug Shirk replied to David Stephens's discussion 'What cover versions of popular or hit songs do you like better than the original?'
"You know, when the cover meets the road, I sure like these guys..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLgJ7pk0X-s"
Nov 7, 2011
Doug Shirk replied to David Stephens's discussion 'What cover versions of popular or hit songs do you like better than the original?'
" If you assume The Leaves version of "Hey Joe" is the benchmark, Tim Rose's slow version....which I've been told inspired Hendrix's version.....is…"
Oct 15, 2011
Doug Shirk replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"Absolutely, completely and totally unrelated to "roots" music (but screamingly funny) is this William Bolcom/Joan Morris ditty about a ladies club lunch.....   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tWuG2oPL3o"
Sep 19, 2011
Doug Shirk commented on Kim Ruehl's blog post 'Bumbershoot 2011 lineup to include Mavis Staples, Ray LaMontagne, Over the Rhine, more'
"Saw the Dennis Coffey thing.  He posts occasionally on www.soulfuldetroit.com , so I should ask him how he liked Seattle.    What bothers me about the lack of booking of "older" acts is that those they did book were not…"
Sep 1, 2011
Clyde Barrows replied to Doug Shirk's discussion 'When does a name "group" or "act" forfit their name?'
"When do they forfeit?  not soon enough.  I went to see the Four Tops in Charlotte last year.  I loved the Four Tops' music grwoing up.   Without Levi Stubbs, it wasn't the same.  It just wasn't close."
Aug 30, 2011

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