Monday, March 3, 2014

Darlene Love: Stealing the Show at the Oscars Telecast

Oscars: Darlene Love Gets Standing Ovation After '20 Feet From Stardom' Win. (Hollywood Reporter, 3/2/2014)

Getting her due.  An iconic voice of the 1960s on The Crystals hits "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love" and tracks such as "Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry" and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," Love has been riding a wave of fame for the past year since the documentary exposed the famous backup singer's rich career.

From 1963.  (That sure sounds like Leon Russell on piano.  He was a session musician for Phil Spector at the time.)

Movie review: Turning Up the Voices From the Background‘20 Feet From Stardom’ Explores World of Backup Singers.  (The New York Times, 6/13/2013)

Back in the spotlight, front and center.  With the splendid exception of Darlene Love, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, most of the vocalists interviewed on screen are not well known, even though they can be heard on many of the most popular and durable recordings of the past half-century. Ms. Love, who did not receive proper credit for her singing on a number of Phil Spector-produced hits of the ’60s, worked as a house cleaner before claiming a rightful place in the spotlight in more recent decades.

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