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DARLENE LOVE

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Darlene Wright

Description: Vocalist, USA

Known For: Known in Australia for the hit – “Today I met the boy I`m gonna marry”

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Rock

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 26th July 1941
Location Born: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site:  Official website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Darlene Love

Darlene Love (née Wright; born July 26, 1941) is an American popular music singer and actress. She gained prominence in the 1960s for the song “He’s a Rebel,” a No. 1 American single in 1962, and was one of the Phil Spector artists who produced a celebrated Christmas album in 1963. She is included among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers.

Darlene Love grew up in a community that was almost numb to the racial divide, at least in her family. Her father always told her to shoot for the stars and have your voice be as loud as possible. Darlene reflects on her childhood: “we didn’t know we were poor”; she adds, “if we didn’t know we were poor, we didn’t ‘know’ we were black either.”

In (1959) she was invited to join a little-known girl group called The Blossoms, who in 1962 began working with producer Phil Spector.

With her powerful voice she was soon a highly sought-after vocalist, and managed to work with many of the legends of 1950s and 1960s rock and soul, including Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and Sonny and Cher, etc.

Darlene and the Blossoms sang back-up vocals on Shelley Fabares’s hit, “Johnny Angel” as well as John Phillips’ solo album John, Wolfking of L.A. recorded in 1969.

They also appeared on Johnny Rivers’ hits including “Poor Side of Town” and Motown covers “Baby I Need Your Loving”

With The Blossoms she also sang backing vocals on many of the biggest hits of the 1960s, including Spector’s own “Da Doo Ron Ron” (allegedly recorded with her lead, which was later erased by Spector and re-recorded using Crystals’ lead Dolores “LaLa” Brooks).

She was also part of a trio called Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, who recorded a song in 1962, with their rendition of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.

The Blossoms landed a weekly part on Shindig!, one of the top music shows of the era. They were part of the highly acclaimed Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special, which aired on NBC.

Love returned to music in the early 1980s and to an appreciative audience she thought may have long since forgotten her.

In the mid-1980s she portrayed herself in the Tony Award-nominated jukebox musical Leader of the Pack, which featured the iconic rock and roll songs written by Ellie Greenwich, many of them for the young Love.

She was the musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman on May 7, 2007, performing “River Deep-Mountain High”.

In August, 2014, The Oprah Winfrey Network(OWN) announced that it is producing a biopic for the big screen based on Love’s life, starring singing icon Toni Braxton.

Phil Spector with Darlene Love.

Discography

U.S. albums[edit]
1963 – Various Artists Today’s Hits (Philles Records #4004)
1963 – Various Artists A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (Philles Records #4005)
1977 – Various Artists Phil Spector’s Greatest Hits (Warner/Spector Records #9104)
1978 – Various Artists Lakeshore Music presents Rock and Roll Forever (Warner Special Products #2508) (same as above release)
1985 – Leader of the Pack Original Broadway Cast (Elektra Records #60420)
1985 – Darlene Love Live! (Rhino Records RNLP #855)
1988 – Paint Another Picture (Columbia Records #40605)
1990 – Various Artists Dick Tracy: Music from and inspired by the film (Sire/Reprise Records #26236)
1991 – Various Artists Back to Mono (1958–1969) (ABKCO Records #7118) (box set)
1992 – Various Artists A Very Special Christmas 2 (A&M Records #450003)
1992 – The Best of Darlene Love (The Philles Recordings) (ABKCO Records #7213)
1992 – Bringing It Home (with Lani Groves) (Shanachie Records #9003)
1998 – Various Artists Grease Is the Word (Rhino Records)
1998 – Unconditional Love (Harmony Records)
2007 – It’s Christmas of Course (Shout! Factory Records #10569)
2008 – So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1998 (Ace CDCHD 1169)
2011 – The Sound Of Love: The Very Best Of Darlene Love Audio CD
2011 – The Sound Of Love: The Very Best Of Darlene Love Blu-spec CD (Released in November 2, 2011)

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