Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Darlene Love Is an American Music Singer

Darlene Love Is an American Music Singer

Darlene Love (née Wright; born July 26, 1941) is an American popular music singer.Love began her singing with her local church choir. While still in high school (1959) she was invited to join a little-known "girl group" called The Blossoms, who in 1963 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; 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. The Blossoms recorded singles - usually with little success throughout; Capitol 1957-58 (pre-Darlene Love), Challenge 1961-62, OKeh 1963, Reprise 1966-67, Ode 1967, MGM 1968, Bell 1969-70, Lion 1972.

Into the 1970s Love continued to work as a back-up singer, before taking a break in order to raise a family. In 1973, she recorded vocals as a cheerleader along with Michelle Phillips, for the Cheech & Chong single "Basketball Jones", which peaked at No.15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.In the late 1980s and 1990s, Love also began an acting career, playing Danny Glover's wife in the four Lethal Weapon movies, and appeared on Broadway in Grease and in the short-lived musical adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie.In 1990, Cher invited Love and her sister Edna Wright as her background vocalist for the Heart of Stone Tour.

She was a special guest on the December 17, 2005, broadcast of Saturday Night Live, singing "White Christmas" with the SNL band and providing the vocals for a Robert Smigel cartoon, "Christmastime for the Jews." Love starred as Motormouth Maybelle in Broadway's Hairspray until April, 2008. She was the musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman on May 7, 2007, performing "River Deep-Mountain High".

Love released the holiday collection "It's Christmas, Of Course", featuring her versions of classic yuletide tunes from the '70s and '80s, on October 2, 2007.She continues to do a Christmas show every year in New York City, which is always capped by "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." She originally recorded the song in 1963 for the album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. Love also performs the song every year, without fail, on the final new episode of the Late Show with David Letterman before Christmas.


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