Darlene Love, R&B Icon

Darlene Love, R&B Icon


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You could be less than 20 feet from this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee when she sings her classics, "He's a Rebel" and "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home"



Nov 07, 2017 @ 8:00pm
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In 1962, The Crystals had a number one hit called "He's a Rebel." They sang it on tour and DJs - to this day - cite the song as theirs. Did you know they actually didn't record it? Darlene Love and the Blossoms were the go to vocalists for Phil Spector. Darlene Love not only sang, "He's a Rebel" but she and the Blossoms can also be heard on Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side of Town," Ronette's "Be My Baby," Bobby 'Boris' Puckett's "Monster Mash," and even Frank Sinatra's "That's Life." Darlene finally got her name on a song when she recorded, "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home" for the album "A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector."

Darlene has also worked with Sam Cooke, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Cher, Bruce Springsteen - just to name a few. She appeared on Broadway in "Grease" and "Hairspray." She took to the big screen as Roger Murtaugh's wife Trish in the "Lethal Weapon" movies. Darlene became a staple on David Letterman's Christmas Show, but she garnered great attention as one of the stars of the hit indie film "20 Feet From Stardom," which showcased several of the greatest backup singers of all time.

Bette Midler, who helped induct Darlene into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, said "She changed my view of the world, listening to those songs, you had to dance, you had to move, you had to keep looking for the rebel boy."