Darlene Love, singer
birth name: Darlene Wright

Darlene Love

July 26, 1938, Los Angeles, CA

Amazingly, Darlene Love, a superb vocalist, hasn't had much of a track record as a solo singer, at least not in terms of hits. Love was a founding member of the Blossoms in 1957. They did several sessions and were resident singers on the television show Shindig. Love sang lead vocals on ‘He's a Rebel,’ which was credited to the Crystals, and ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,’ which was issued under the name Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. She cut six singles for Spector's Phillies label, with ‘Wait Till My Bobby Gets Back Home’ the most successful. Love became busy as an actress, but reunited with Spector for the 1977 single ‘Lord, If You're a Woman.’ Love appeared in all four Lethal Weapon films, and was also in the Royal Shakespeare Company's co-production of Stephen King's Carrie. ~ Allmusic: Darlene Love ~ retrieved July 22, 2013 © Allmusic

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July 26, 2003 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Ashanti, Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) ~ #2 (2) Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent, Magic Stick ~ #1 (1) Beyoncéfeaturing Jay-Z, Crazy In Love


Darlene Love ~ Ranked #84 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ Her husky, church-trained alto - infused with an unusual mix of strength and abject longing - was a rare instrument sturdy enough to vault over the Wall of Sound. ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Luther Vandross ~ The Night I Fell In Love (1985) ~ Ranked #93 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ Discussing the eight tracks on The Night I Fell In Love, Vandross says, “Yeah, that's a good album. There was something magical about the way everyone responded to it, which to this day I can't account for.” ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

The Crystals

The Crystals ~ Inducted in the 2005 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

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