20 Feet from Stardom Stars Perform Live

Former backup singers Tata Vega and Merry Clayton (stars of the Oscar-nominated doc, 20 Feet From Stardom) gave rousing performances on Monday at Herb Albert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz.

Director Morgan Neville praised the late Gil Friesen, the producer and brainchild of the Cinderella doc, before Vega rocked the club with a powerful set that consisted of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On (I’m Coming),” “My Funny Valentine,” and James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

Clayton followed with her own riveting set: Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” (which she told me he wrote for her), and The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” (which she originally recorded with Mick Jagger).

Meanwhile, they were backed by long-time Elton John guitarist Caleb Quaye, who afterward told me that he introduced Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin and that he especially has fond memories of their first album, Empty Sky.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Movies, Music, Tech, Trailers

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