Legendary backup singer front and centre at Brock Dec. 11
Published on November 22 2013
For years, Darlene Love stood just shy of the spotlight.
The stardom that other powerhouse vocalists of the 1960s achieved to become household names and garner heavy rotation on the radio was always about 20 feet out of reach for her.
But ask Love, a backup singer and unsung vocalist on many popular tracks, and she doesn’t mind having stood behind Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or the Righteous Brothers, filling the spaces in their music or underscoring their lyrics with her often ad libbed, always soulful sounds.
“Doing background was so much fun,” Love, 72, recalled. “The people we got to meet were stars and superstars… Sometimes I wondered why I stopped doing it to have a solo career.”
Still, there were moments that were less than fun and stripped of all glamour for a woman who Bruce Springsteen calls “the one woman wall of sound.”