Darlene Love

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2011

Inducted by: Bette Midler

Nominated in: 1999   2010   2011

First Eligible: 1989 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2008 (ranked #21 in the Sidemen (Individuals) category) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Introducing Darlene Love (2015)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (1963)

Darlene Love @ Wikipedia

Darlene Love Videos

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The Spector fan in me wants her in, along with The Crystals.

Posted by Casper on Sunday, 04.29.07 @ 19:32pm


The *best female rock singer* of all time in my opinion. Listen to her sing "Christmas(Baby come home)." Both she and the backup group she was in for years, the Clovers, belong in the Hall of Fame. Read her autobiography which came out in the 1990s. Quite a good read.

Posted by Cy Yoakam on Monday, 09.17.07 @ 12:05pm


come

Posted by zzy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 10:03am


DARLENE LOVE

Her powerful gospel sound was developed singing in her father’s church in East L.A. At 16, Darlene sang at a wedding where two of the bridesmaids asked her to join their vocal group, The Blossoms. They quickly established a major presence in the L.A. session scene doing backgrounds for artists such as Sam Cooke. Darlene caught the attention of young genius record producer Phil Spector and he made her one of the cornerstones of his “Wall of Sound” under various names (The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, and of course, Darlene Love). She sang lead on a string of hits, earning an important place on the landscape of 60’s rock & roll. She continues to have a prolific singing career, having starred on Broadway, and in recent years has returned to her gospel roots.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 11:11am


From Digital Dream Door

Darlene Love

One of rock's greatest female vocalists is faced with a troubling question regarding her candidacy for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame. Namely, in what way can the Hall honor her talents when her career was mostly served in the background for others? Love was the leader of the Blossoms, who were the 60's best uncredited female backing group, appearing on work of such artists as Duane Eddy, Dick Dale and a host of Phil Spector productions. Spector then took Love and tried using her more prominently, but his reluctance to give credit to the artist as opposed to himself meant that she was either saddled in a group with the unenviable name Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, or worse yet, was anonymously subbing for the already established group The Crystals on two of their biggest hits (including "He's A Rebel"). As a result Love herself never received proper credit, nor became a household name and her own career achievements, notable as they are, find themselves spread over far too many areas to be a strong candidate on her own. In fact, she is probably a better fit in the Sideman category than Main Performer because of this. Yet any Hall of Fame that can slip Wanda Jackson in as an Early Influence when she was no such thing, and was on the ballot in another category the year she made it, can manipulate the boundaries to find a spot for the more qualified Love. The fact that two of her most vocal fans, Dave Marsh and Little Steven Van Zandt, who produced one of her few actual chart hits under her own name in the 90's, are on the Nominating Committee brings a cloud of personal favoritism over her selection. Love deserves official recognition by the Hall in some way but should not have to be reliant on patronage or category manipulation to achieve it.

Qualifications: 5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 14:39pm




Darlene Love is the queen of Rock & Roll.
This recent interview with Darlene covered her life and has been read by many millions of people around the world.
http://michaelwestfall.tripod.com/id130.html
The positive response to this interesting piece has been unbelievable.

Posted by Michael Westfall on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 17:43pm


Whatever you think about people plugging their own crap, or even if you hate American Conservatives... that was actually a very fascinating read. Of course, I'm biased... I'm a big fan of Darlene Love.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 18:17pm


Why would anyone induct Darlene Love solo but not The Crystals? What utter BS

Posted by Greg on Sunday, 12.13.09 @ 09:07am


Greg, why induct Darlene as a member of the Crystals? Yes, she sang for a couple of their songs, but the actual Crystals were the LaLa Brooks-led group, Darlene Love was never actually a member... just a nom-de-plume for her work before she started getting her just due. Darlene Love as a soloist makes more sense to me than the Crystals as a group, not that it wouldn't be cool to see the Crystals get in, too, but between the two, I say Darlene Love.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear she'll be getting in... the comments made by her and Little Steven suggest indignation at her being snubbed again. Or maybe I'm just reading them wrong. I really hope she makes it this time.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.14.09 @ 18:46pm


I have loved Darlene Love's singing since I was a teenager.....listening to The crystals"He's a Rebel" & their other famous hits. I've also listened to her sing "Baby come home" for the past 5 or 6 years on The David Letterman Show at Christmastime. Please accept my VOTE FOR DARLENE so she can enter the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Thank You for your kind consideration to this topic. Pat Mesagno, Dunedin, Fl.

Posted by Pat Mesagno on Sunday, 04.11.10 @ 14:05pm


FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Darlene Love

One of the most worshiped female voices in rock had the misfortune of being used anonymously on many of her key recordings, including substituting for the unavailable Crystals on "He's A Rebel", being the uncredited focal point of the inanely named Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, as well as being the leader of The Blossoms, the most in demand back up vocal group in rock for years. Her overall role in the music of the 60's, however unknown it may have been at the time, was vital and is now fully recognized by most and has gotten her a nomination already.

One of rock's greatest female vocalists is faced with a troubling question regarding her candidacy for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame. Namely, in what way can the Hall honor her talents when her career was mostly served in the background for others? Love was the leader of the Blossoms, who were the 60's best uncredited female backing group, appearing on work of such artists as Duane Eddy, Dick Dale and a host of Phil Spector productions. Spector then took Love and tried using her more prominently, but his reluctance to give credit to the artist as opposed to himself meant that she was either saddled in a group with the unenviable name Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, or worse yet, was anonymously subbing for the already established group The Crystals on two of their biggest hits (including "He's A Rebel"). As a result Love herself never received proper credit, nor became a household name and her own career achievements, notable as they are artistically, find themselves spread over far too many areas to be a strong candidate on her own. In fact, she is probably a better fit in the Sideman category than Main Performer because of this. Two of her most vocal fans, Dave Marsh and Little Steven Van Zandt, who produced one of her few actual chart hits under her own name in the 90's, are on the Nominating Committee which once more brings a cloud of personal favoritism over her selection and indicates they are determined to push her through no matter what. Though Love deserves official recognition by the Hall in some way for her astounding vocal abilities and presence on dozens of immortal records, she should not have to be reliant on patronage or category manipulation to achieve it.

Qualifications: 5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 20:26pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2mQXQjY130

Darlene Love and The E Street Band - All Alone on Christmas from the 1992 Home Alone 2 Soundtrack.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.11.10 @ 18:06pm


Is Darlene Love going to sing Christmas music at the induction ceremony?

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.11.10 @ 18:32pm


Darlene Love has never charted on The Billboard 200 Albums Chart and she is being inducted in the main performers category. She is the first artist in the main performers category to do so.

The Billboard 100 Singles Chart

Darlene Love

01. 1963 - # 39 (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
02. 1963 - # 53 A Fine Fine Boy
03. 1963 - # 26 Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home
04. 1993 - # 83 All Alone on Christmas

The Blossoms

01. 1961 - # 79 Son In Law
02. 1967 - # 45 Good, Good Lovin'

Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans

01. 1963 - # 63 Not Too Young To Get Married
02. 1963 - # 38 Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?

The Crystals

01. 1962 - # 01 He's A Rebel

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.11.10 @ 19:25pm


Anyone else think her performance at the 25th anniversary concert sealed the deal for her induction?

I mean, she was performing with other HOFers and was watched by probably most HOF voters. Her impressive performance probably reminded them of her stellar voice and swayed some votes towards her.

Posted by Matt on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 07:48am


I see there is no mention of Darlene ' s recordings with the Victorians on Liberty label . which I understand was just another name for the Blossoms. I am sure thats her singing What Makes Little Girls Cry . Climb Every Mountain and If I Love You SHE WAS THE BEST

Posted by steven on Thursday, 03.3.11 @ 00:37am


I think La La Brooks should be inducted before Love.
She was the leader of the Crystals before Love and had more hit songs!
If not for Spector's maniacal handling of her, La La would have a much more successful career!

Posted by tom marchitelli on Monday, 03.14.11 @ 09:45am


It looks like Darlene asked Bette to hold her trophy, though in the photos afterwards, it did indeed looked damaged.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 13:41pm


We still don't know who dropped it or how it broke. I wonder if she'll get another one or have it repared or if she even cares.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 19:28pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d36vCrKrxp8

Darlene Love Rock Hall Induction

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.24.11 @ 22:43pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d36vCrKrxp8

The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Darlene Love

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.11.11 @ 07:34am


Darlene Love has never charted on The Billboard 200 Albums Chart and she is being inducted in the main performers category. She is the first artist in the main performers category to do so.

Actually, The Coasters were the first Rock Hall inductees (1987) in the main performers category who never charted on the albums chart.

Posted by Charles Crossley Jr on Thursday, 06.23.11 @ 21:54pm


Darlene in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? Something stinks. She is good but certainly never had a big hit under her own name. The Crystals did though.
Yet seems to belittle The Crystals hits as minor.
The Crystals did not have to use Darlene's name to get a hit. It was the other way around.
The Crystals had already had two big hits Before He's a Rebel even came out. . guess she knows the right people since she's backed so many stars up.

Posted by Loretta Martin on Tuesday, 01.31.12 @ 22:07pm


Any word yet on how the disc broke off of Darlene Love's Rock Hall trophy?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 02.20.12 @ 20:22pm


The Crystals/The Blossoms/Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans

Darlene Love

The Blossoms/Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans

Darlene Love
Fanita James
Gloria Jones

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 08:28am


The Crystals

Darlene Love
Barbara Alston
Dee Dee Kenniebrew
La la Brooks
Patricia Wright
Mary Thomas
Frances Collins
Merna Girard

The Blossoms

Darlene Love
Fanita James
Gloria Jones
Jean King
Nanette Williams
Annette Williams

Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans

Darlene Love
Fanita James
Gloria Jones
Bobby Sheen
Carolyn Willis

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 08:30am


Should Darlene Love get a second, third and fourth induction with The Crystals, The Blossoms and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans? The Crystals have been nominated before.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.6.14 @ 07:21am


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