Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, considered one of the most important pop singers of the past century, will join host Alan Seltzer during this week’s edition of “The Grooveyard”. The show is heard each Thursday night at 9 PM on WCWP-FM.
From her first number one recording, “He’s A Rebel”, through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil Spector, including “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “He’s Sure The Boy I’m Gonna Marry”, and “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” to the countless songs she sang backup on for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love is still blazing a trail of success in the music industry.
With The Blossoms and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, Darlene sang lead vocals on some of the greatest music hits of the 60′s. The Blossoms landed a weekly spot on the landmark television series “Shindig”, and through the 60′s and 70′s, Darlene continued to perform with and back-up such diverse artists as The Beach Boys, The Mamas & The Papas, Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers and Sonny & Cher.
Among her many other accomplishments , Darlene has acted both on the stage and in movies. In the mid-1980s she portrayed herself in the Tony-award-nominated jukebox musical “Leader of the Pack”, which featured the iconic rock and roll songs written by Ellie Greenwich, many of them for the young Love. That included showstopping number of that show,”River Deep Mountain High”, which was also a hit for the Supremes and Four Tops, and later for Ike and Tina Turner. “Leader of the Pack” commenced as a revue at the Greenwich Village nightclub, The Bottom Line, as did the later show about Love’s life, “Portrait of a Singer”. She also starred for almost three years as Motormouth Maybelle in a Broadway production of “Hairspray”. Darlene’s best-known acting role was playing Danny Glover’s wife, Trish Murtaugh in four “Lethal Weapons” movies.
Darlene’s performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” has been a holiday tradition on David Letterman’s late-night shows since 1986. She also appeared with Bruce Springsteen at the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden. Darlene was inducted into the Hall of Fame herself in 2011, with a speech by Bette Midler. Most recently, Darlene starred in “Twenty Feet From Stardom”, a documentary on the role and culture of backup singers. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and at the Miami last week. It will be released nationwide this summer.
In addition to the interview with Darlene Love, “The Grooveyard” will feature the most popular songs of March 7, 1959 during the Top Ten @ 10. Hosted by Alan Seltzer, “The Grooveyard” can be heard on 88.1 FM on Long Island, the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org, or via the TuneIn app on your SmartPhone Feel free to send song requests, comments and suggestions via Twitter or the form below.