Darlene Love: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member
Friday, February 22 2019 08:00 PM
Darlene Love: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member:
Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and superb performances. In the early years, Darlene’s background vocals as lead singer for The Blossoms behind The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, He’s Sure the Boy I Love and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home, a song that she performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman for some 29 years before David retired.
With over five decades of entertainment under her belt complete with a number one single, Los Angeles native, Darlene Love, is still one of the most adored entertainers of the 20th century.
When Love was in high school, she was personally invited to sing with a girl group called The Blossoms, who started to work with renowned producer, Phil Spector. Love developed her reputation as a singer with her strong voice that earned her plenty of work as a singer for hire with Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley and Tom Jones. The first single that Love sang the lead vocals on was a track called “He’s a Rebel”, the single shot to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Still with The Blossoms, they contributed vocals to some huge hits in the 1960s such as “Be My Baby”, “Monster Mash” and Frank Sinatra’s famous rendition of “That’s Life”. She also released “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” which peaked at number 11 in 1962.
In the 1970s, Love worked as a background singer, but took a break to raise her family. She featured on the song “Basketball Jones” which made it to number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. When Love came back in the 1980s, she went back to her gospel roots on recordings, and sang “OOO Wee Baby” in The Idolmaker, a film that was released in 1980. She featured as a singer of U2’s cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, and in 1990 she released an album called “Paint Another Picture”, unfortunately it didn’t make the charts. She released a song called “All Alone on Christmas” which was written by Steven Van Zandt and made it to the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York soundtrack. Her singing made it to the soundtrack of the film Jingle All the Way too. It was December 15th 2010 that Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“One of the greatest singers of all times”