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David Bowie, Lou Reed, Joe Cocker Tunes Featured on "20 Feet from Stardom" Soundtrack

Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)

Select songs by David Bowie , Lou Reed and Joe Cocker are among the 13 tracks featured on the soundtrack to the new documentary 20 Feet from Stardom .  The album will be released as a digital download June 11 and on CD one week later. 

The film pays homage to the unsung backup singers who have contributed unforgettable performances to many memorable hits over the last few decades.  The movie feature interviews with several of these powerhouse vocalists including Darlene Love , Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer , as well as with such stars as Mick Jagger , Bruce Springsteen , Stevie Wonder and Sting .

The album offers a number of well-known tunes showcasing talented backup singers, including Bowie's "Young Americans," Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and Cocker's "Space Captain."  The 20 Feet from Stardom soundtrack also features The Crystals ' 1962 chart-topping hit "He's a Rebel," featuring Love on lead vocals; a new version of Bill Withers ' "Lean on Me" sung by Love; and a rare 1971 solo rendition of The Rolling Stones ' "Gimme Shelter" by Clayton, who was featured prominently on the British rock legends' original recording of the tune.

Meanwhile, the 20 Feet from Stardom film, which was directed by Morgan Neville , will debut in select theaters on June 14 before opening in a wider range of cinemas in the ensuing weeks.  The movie charts the history of backing singers during the rock era, from their importance to producer Phil Spector 's "Wall of Sound" to their contributions to the soul-influenced hits by certain British Invasion groups and on through to the present day.

Here is the complete list of songs featured on the 20 Feet from Stardom soundtrack:

"Walk on the Wild Side" -- Lou Reed
"Slippery People" -- Talking Heads
"Nobody's Fault but Mine" -- Merry Clayton featuring Oren Waters, Judith Hill, Tata Vega and Charlotte Crossley
"He's a Rebel" -- The Crystals
"Space Captain" -- Joe Cocker (from the film Mad Dogs and Englishmen )
"Gimme Shelter" -- Merry Clayton
"Sure on This Shining Night" -- Lisa Fischer
"Let's Make the World a Better Place" -- Tata Vega and Judith Hill
"Young Americans" -- Davie Bowie
"Southern Man" -- Merry Clayton
"Desperation" -- Judith Hill
"Fine Fine Boy (with intro rehearsal)" -- Darlene Love
"Lean on Me" -- Darlene Love featuring Lisa Fischer, Jo Lawry and Judith Hill

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