20 Feet from Stardom ★★★★½

Infectious, gloriously upbeat music documentary starring several background singers coming out from the obscurity closet (actually, Darlene Love and Merry Clayton were well enough known to me...but other great talents such as Lisa Fischer, Claudia Lennear, Judith HIll came as a revelation.) The film entertains with some remarkable vintage footage; but it also drives home the point with current day interviews and contemporary recording session sequences, of what it actually takes to be a star soloist in the R&B and R&R worlds.