mulberry bags house of fraser black friday Darlene Love takes center stage for her own headlining show
That’s not to say she hasn’t made her mark. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer starred in the “Lethal Weapon” series as Danny Glover’s wife, and the documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” which shined a spotlight on backup singers like Love and Merry Clayton, won an Oscar. Love appeared on Broadway in “Hairspray” and “Grease.” As part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory, her Billboard hits include “He’s a Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait Until My Bobby Gets Home” and “He’s a Fine, Fine Boy.”
She took a brief break in the 1970s to raise her family, only to return in the early 1980s. Steven Van Zandt persuaded her to move from California to New York to continue her career.
“My response was, ‘And to do what?'” she said with a laugh. “His response was, ‘Listen, if I get you some shows, will you come?’ That was 35 years ago. My career took on a life of its own.”
While she was starring in “Leader of the Pack,” she met David Letterman’s band leader Paul Shaffer. Impressed with her performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Shaffer invited Letterman to a show. The talk show legend expressed his love of the performer on his series.
“He said on his show that it was one of the greatest Christmas songs he ever heard,” she recalls, adding he crowned her the “Queen of Christmas.”
During the winter,
the song is the centerpiece of her tour. When she headlines the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 7, the tone will change.
“Oh, that’s our Valentine’s Day show,” she said. “We add a few love songs to our Valentine’s Day shows. We do special things during those shows.”
Along with her health, she relishes the friendships she has made over the years. With the Blossoms, Love provided background vocals for some of the 1960s’ biggest hits, like the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” Shelley Fabares’ “Johnny Angel,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” Frank Sinatra’s version of “That’s Life” and the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron.”
“I look back at my career and I cherish the thought of people who helped me along the way,” Love said. “Nobody can make it by themselves. These are superstars, too Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones and even Nancy Sinatra. I was just their background singer,
but I was just as important to them as anyone else.”