darlenelove 385x240 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee Profile: Darlene Love

Darlene Love / (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Darlene Love[/lastfm] (née Wright) was born on July 26, 1938 near LA.  Her career started when she joined a backing group called [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Blossoms[/lastfm] in 1958 while still in high school.  The group reached new levels when producer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phil Spector[/lastfm] signed them in 1962. While with The Blossoms, Love worked with some of the biggest names in the business during the 50s and 60s, including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sam Cooke[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dionne Warwick[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tom Jones[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sonny and Cher[/lastfm] and many others.

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Love is probably best known for her song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)“, written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The original intent was to have [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ronnie Spector[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Ronettes[/lastfm] sing it but, according to Love, she was not able to put as much emotion into the song as needed.

Not only is Love an accomplished singer, she has been bitten by the acting bug appearing in all four Lethal Weapon movies playing Danny Glover’s wife. She has also appeared in numerous Broadway musicals such as Grease, a short-lived musical based on Stephen King’s Carrie and Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle.

Darlene will be inducted as a performer and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bette Midler[/lastfm] will present her for induction.

Check out her recent performance on the Tonight Show on March 3rd.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will host a simulcast of the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 14th at 7pm. Tickets to the Watch Party are $5 and available at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office, or via phone at 1-800-745-3000.

This year’s other inductees include [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tom Waits[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=””]Dr. John[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Diamond[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Leon Russell[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alice Cooper[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Art Rupe[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jac Holzman[/lastfm].

The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be later televised on Fuse on Sunday, March 20 at 9pm Eastern.


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