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Soul Sunday: She's A Rebel ... Darlene Love

Posted on July 26, 2020 at 9:35 AM

Happy Sunday Ginchers,

Soul Sunday has arrivevd ... "She's A Rebel! ... Darlene Love!!!"  Today is Darlene (Wright) Love's birthday, one of my all time favorite singers.  Her voice was one that I heard from the early days listening to my transistor radio, a voice that is enbedded in my brain but, it wasn't until later in my life that I realized that all these girl group songs that I loved were actually one lady ... Darlene Love.  Let's take a closer look, "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" by Bobby Sox and the Blue Jeans, "He's Sure the Boy I Love" by the Crystals ... all Darlene Love.  Her voice is heard on so many of the classic early 60's records as a part of the session singers role in the "Wall of Sound" for Phil Spector ... "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabres, "Da Doo Ron Ron" by the Crystals and background vocals for so many others like Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers) and even Frank Sinatra on "That's Life".  If you want to hear the real story of Darlene Love, check out the award winning Rockumentory "20 Feet From Stardom".  I remember watching "Shindig" every week and those talented girls singing behind all of the top pop hits ... yep, it was the Blossoms and Darlene Love. This morning while having my coffee I put on the Boobtube and started watching the movie "Lethal Weapon" and who was in the movie ... yep again, Darlene Love playing the role of Murtaugh's wife, Trish.  Darlene Love's song that she did for the Phil Spector Christmas Album, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is still one of my all time favs and was David Letterman's also closing out his Christmas Special every year.  One of my all time favorite broadway plays was "Leader of the Pack" which featured songs written by the great Ellie Greenwich ... many of them for Darlene Love.  Darlene Love is the female unsung hero of Rock/Pop music of the 1960's, one who should have recieved her due long before now.  Tonight on my Johnny Angel's Heavenly Soul Show on jukinoldies.com at 7:00 PM (EST) I will be spotlighting the great Darlene Love and the Blossoms, a show I so look forward to doing.  Rocks Lady that did it all ... She's truly a Rebel ... Darlene Love!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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