Legendary vocalist Darlene Love recently sat down with Steven Van Zandt and SiriusXM host Dave Marsh for a candid interview about her first new album in decades, Introducing Darlene Love. The special airs Friday, September 18 at 4 pm ET on E Street Radio (Ch. 20).
Check out the video for her single Forbidden Nights to get a taste of the new album — it features appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Joan Jett, Bill Murray, Elvis Costello, Paul Shaffer and E Street Band-member Van Zandt!
It’s ironic that her new album is named “Introducing” Darlene Love considering the singer is deeply embedded in the fabric of rock ‘n’ roll and was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2011. She never got the name recognition that she truly deserved because she was behind the scenes as a backup vocalist for most of her career, but you’ve most likely heard her voice without even knowing it.
She’s appeared on Rubberneckin’ by Elvis Presley; In My Room by The Beach Boys; You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, Unchained Melody and (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration, by The Righteous Brothers; River Deep – Mountain High by Tina Turner; That’s Life by Frank Sinatra; Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day; Chain Gang and Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha by Sam Cooke; Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett; Basketball Jones by Cheech and Chong and more
In addition to singing, she’s also appeared on screen in the documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom …
… and in the Lethal Weapon series as Trish Murtaugh, Roger’s (Danny Glover) wife.
She was also a regular for two years on the popular musical variety show Shindig! back in the ‘60s.
You probably even hear her voice every holiday season since her recording of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) has become a Christmas standard. She has performed it every year on The Late Show with David Letterman since 1986 (we’ll see if she continues this now that Steven Colbert is running things).
Remember the Disney film Songs of the South? She was behind its hit song Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah, too, as part of Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans.