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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - The Art of Backing Vocals

From 50s doo-wop, via The Beatles, to multi-tracked Joni Mitchell, Nick Barraclough celebrates the unsung singers. From 2009.

Nick Barraclough pushes aside the lead singer and delves into the world of the backing singer.

With the help of musicians, composers, and vocalists, he draws a straight line from the medieval canon to 50s doo-wop, celebrating the innovations of The Beatles and the multi-tracked world, inhabited by the likes of Joni Mitchell, along the way.

Producer: John Leonard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.

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30 minutes

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Wed 8 May 2019 01:30


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