Darlene Love: A Musical Odyssey From Phil Spector To Christmas Royalty
Darlene Love, recognized as a national treasure, has navigated a remarkable journey in the music industry. Initially one of Phil Spector’s go-to studio artists, Love has carved her place as the Queen of Christmas. Despite humorous Mariah Carey memes, Love’s 1963 classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” remains a perennial favorite, covered by artists like U2 and Michael Bublé. Her annual event, “Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays,” has become a cherished tradition, akin to the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting.
Two Decades of Tradition
The roots of Love’s holiday show trace back two decades, evolving from performances in the ’80s at the Bottom Line in New York. The late-night host David Letterman, a fan, initiated her annual tradition by inviting her to perform the iconic Christmas song on his show in 1986. This annual spectacle, now a full-blown show, showcases Love’s enduring talent and entertains audiences.
Cher and the Evolution of a Song
In a delightful twist of fate, Cher, a long-time friend of Love, recorded a new version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and invited Love to join her. Interestingly, Cher, then known as Cherilyn Sarkisian, provided backup vocals for the original version at the age of 17. Love fondly recounts the beginning of their enduring relationship, highlighting Cher’s strong voice that required some studio adjustments.
Darlene Love’s Favorite Vocalists
Having honed her singing skills in her father’s church choir, Love appreciates the artistry of other vocalists. She fondly remembers the legendary Marian Anderson, whose commanding stage presence and powerful voice left a lasting impression. Aretha Franklin, with her versatile and soulful singing, holds a special place in Love’s heart. Additionally, Love expresses admiration for Kelly Clarkson’s persona, both on and off stage.
Don’t miss Darlene Love as she brings her Love For the Holidays show to Town Hall in NYC on November 30, Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington on December 7, and the Tarrytown Music Hall on December 17. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 212-207-4100.
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