Darlene Love

Millions of Americans could sing along to chart-topping songs like “He’s a Rebel” and “Da Doo Ron Ron,” but few could name the woman whose “thunderbolt” voice made those songs memorable. That’s because Darlene Love often worked in the shadows as a backup singer on hits produced by Phil Spector in the ’60s. Later dubbed “the most successful unknown singer in rock ‘n’ roll history,” it wasn’t until 2011 that she was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Darlene Love joins us to talk about singing in the background and coming to fame later in life. She was featured in the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Darlene Love, actress and singer inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2011

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