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Darlene Love Highlights


1938

Darlene Wright – a.k.a. vocalist Darlene Love – is born in Los Angeles.

1957

Darlene Love joins the Blossoms, a vocal group that had formed three years earlier.

1961

“Son-in-Law,” by the Blossoms, enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #79.

1962

Phil Spector produces one of his greatest singles, “He’s a Rebel.” Although sung by the Blossoms, with Darlene Love on lead vocal, the record would be credited to the Crystals.

1962

“He’s a Rebel,” by the Crystals, featuring vocalist Darlene Love, tops the chart for the first of two weeks.

1962

“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans (featuring vocalist Darlene Love), enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #8.

1962

“He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” credited to the Crystals but sung by Darlene Love and the Blossoms, enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #11.

1963

“Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts?,” by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans (featuring vocalist Darlene Love), enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #38.

1963

“(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” by Darlene Love, enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #39.

1963

“Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home,” by Darlene Love, enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #26.

1963

“A Fine, Fine Boy,” by Darlene Love, enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #53.

1966

“Good, Good Lovin’,” written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and recorded by the Blossoms, bubbles under the Hot 100.

1972

The Blossoms release Shockwave, the only full-length album by this long-lived vocal group, featuring Darlene Love.

1975

“Lord, If You’re a Woman,” a single that reunites Darlene Love with producer Phil Spector, is released on the Warner-Spector label.

1981

Darlene Love performs her first show as a solo artist at a new nightclub owned by an old friend, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.

1984

Leader of the Pack, a musical revue based on the songs of Ellie Greenwich and featuring vocalist Darlene Love, begins a three-night run at New York’s Bottom Line.

1988

Paint a Picture, by Darlene Love, is released on Columbia Records. It is the legendary singer’s first solo album.

1998

Unconditional Love, Darlene Love’s first gospel record, is released.

2007

It’s Christmas Of Course, an album of seasonal material by Darlene Love, is released on Shout! Factory.

2009

The latest reissue of Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift for You – featuring Darlene Love’s timeless “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home” – appears on Sony/Legacy.

2010

The Concert of Love, a career-spanning live performance by Darlene Love, is released on CD and DVD.

2011

The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love is released on Sony Legacy.

2011

Darlene Love is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 26th annual induction ceremony in New York. Bette Midler is her presenter.

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