Darlene Love is an American popular music singer and actress. She is ranked number 84 among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers. Love is perhaps best remembered for playing Roger Murtaugh’s wife in the Lethal Weapon film series.
About Darlene Love in brief
Darlene Love is an American popular music singer and actress. She is ranked number 84 among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers. In 2011 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Love was born Darlene Wright in Los Angeles, California to Ellen Maddox and Reverend Joe Wright. Her sister Edna grew up to be the lead singer of the group Honey Cone. She grew up in South Los Angeles long before the racial tension, crime and violence for which the area later became infamous had taken over the community. Love began singing with her local church choir in Hawthorne, California. She was then invited to join a little-known girl group called the Blossoms, who in 1962 began working with producer Phil Spector. With her powerful voice she was soon a highly sought-after vocalist. She managed to work with many of the legends of 1950s and 1960s rock and soul, including Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, Bill Medley, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Sonny and Cher. Love is perhaps best remembered for playing Roger Murtaugh’s wife in the Lethal Weapon film series. She also sang backup for Sharon Marie , as well as John Phillips’ solo album John, Wolfking of L. A., recorded in 1969. As a solo artist, Love also contributed backing vocals to the Ronettes’ \”Baby, I Love You You\”. She was part of a trio called Bob B & the Blue Jeans, who recorded Spector’s version of Oscar-Doo-Dah from the 1946 Disney film Walt Disney Song of the South, which got into the Top 10 in 1963.
The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Goulding, and was recorded for the 1963 Christmas album A Christmas Gift for You from PhilSpector. The single \”He’s a Rebel\” was credited to the Crystals, but actually featured Love singing lead for the first time on a Phil SpectOr recording. Love later remembered the Los Angeles of her childhood as \”a city that existed mostly in people’s imaginations…. But for us, Los Angeles had nothing to do with movie stars or stubbly, hard-drinking gumshoes trying to piece together broken dreams after hours. For us, LA was contained in about 20 blocks, bookended on one side by our projects and playgrounds and on the other by church. I call it my learning ground. The song Comeback, which aired on NBC’s Comeback Special in 1968, was written and recorded by Barry and Ellis, and sung by Jeff and Ellie, who were part of the highly acclaimed ’68 Christmas album, A Christmas gift for You. They also appeared on Johnny Rivers’ hits, including \”Poor Side of Town\” and \”The Tracks of My Tears” , Challenge 1961-62, OKeh 1963, Reprise 1966-67, Ode 1967, MGM 1968, Bell 1969-70, and Lion 1972.