Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt from the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense” tour. They’re having a blast and really enhance the performance. I would watch them make sandwiches.
Maybe this isn’t a pure backup role here, but Mavis Staples blows me away in this version of The Band’s “The Weight”. Her father “Pops” does a wonderful job too, but Mavis gives me chills every time I watch it. What a beautiful performance.
There was a Roy Orbison concert that used to show up a lot on PBS pledge drives. They got some serious talent together that night. Singing backup were Bonnie Raitt, k. d. lang, and Jennifer Warnes.
For a single song, I’ve always liked Family Restaurant by Uncle Bonsai. It’s an amusing little ditty, as many Bonsai songs are, but the backup parts give it a faux-operatic seriousness which just makes it all that much funnier.