Darlene Love – Love for the Holidays at Zoellner

Zoellner Press Release

Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University presents Darlene Love in “Love for the Holidays” on December 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

A founding member of the R&B girl group the Blossoms, Love has collaborated with legendary artists such as the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, among others. Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

If there is a polar opposite to an overnight sensation, Love is it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee began singing as a child in her church choir in Hawthorne, Calif. As a teenager, she joined a girl group, the Blossoms. In the early ’60s Love was a member of Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, a studio group formed by producer Phil Spector. She subsequently recorded singles as a solo artist for Spector’s Phillies label, including the hit “Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home.”

Her vocals appeared on recordings by artists such as the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, and Dionne Warwick, and she was lead vocalist on the classic “He’s A Rebel,” credited to the Crystals. But fame eluded her until she recorded her signature tune, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” featured on Spector’s 1963 classic holiday album, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999.

The song was intended to be performed by Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, but Love, as legend has it, had a go at it in the studio and nailed it. But Love’s not just an eminence during the holiday season. She is also an actress, with several major Broadway shows to her credit, including the 2002 production of “Hairspray,” the Lethal Weapon movie series, and she’s released her own projects, including 1998’s Unconditional Love and the more recent The Sound Of Love: The Very Best Of Darlene Love (2011).

It’s no wonder The New York Times raves: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” In 2014, she famously sang the acceptance speech on behalf of her other backup singers at the Academy Awards ceremony for the documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom.  After the Oscars, Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo/OWN signed on to “The Darlene Love Story” starring Toni Braxton as Love. The year ends with her 28th and final appearance on David Letterman’s Christmas show on December 19, 2014 singing her signature holiday tune. In 2015, she has her first full-length album with producer Stevie Van Zandt and songs written by Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello.

Tickets for the December 20 performance at 8:00pm are $58/48/38. For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Wednesday through Friday from 12-5 p.m., Tuesday 12-6 p.m., Saturday three hours before curtain, or order online atwww.zoellnerartscenter.org.  Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.

Zoellner recognizes corporate performance sponsors: Lutron and Viamedia along with media sponsor: 99.9 The Hawk.  Tickets are $58/48/38 and available atwww.zoellnerartscenter.org or by calling 610-758-2787, ext. 0.