A Darlene Love concert is a major event. The 77-year-old singer, actor, author and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame got her start in the early 1960’s under the tutelage of legendary producer Phil Spector. She had numerous hits in several “girl groups,” and performed with artists including Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Tom Jones and other greats. She later starred on Broadway and in movies including all four Lethal Weapon films.
Thursday night, she paid a visit to EG’s Greenwich Odeum where she and her band delighted all in attendance. Her annual Christmas tour is becoming as much a tradition as is her holiday performance of “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home,” on The View, a song she previously did every year on Late Night with David Letterman.
Love’s warmth and charm came through loud and clear Thursday night as the singer rocked her way through classics from her career including tunes from the much loved Phil Spector Christmas album recorded in 1963. Love opened with “Winter Wonderland,” sang a upbeat “Marshmallow World,” and closed the show with her signature hit, “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home.”
She shared a familiar story about meeting (E Street Band guitarist) Steven Van Zandt, who helped re-establish her career and penned “All Alone for Christmas” from the movie “Home Alone.”
Her 9-piece backing band featuring with three sensational singers supported her nicely, especially on her own songs like “Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home,” which she recorded with The Crystals, “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” and “Da Do Run Run.”
WhatsUpRI was there – check out our photo gallery below. (Photos: Ken Abrams)
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