Darlene Love

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Success as a backup singer or studio musician can sometimes lead to a very successful solo career. But in the case of Darlene Love, it was a bumpy road, to say the least.

Even though she was one of the most popular and most in-demand backup singers of the 1960s, working with some of the biggest stars, her path to a solo career was littered with obstacles.

Not least of them was producer Phil Spector.

And by the way, even if you have not heard her music, you have probably seen Darlene Love in one of the l”Lethal Weapon” movies, alongside co-star Danny Glover.

As the 1990s were drawing to a close, Love wrote her autobiography. And that’s when I met her.

So here now, from 1998, Darlene Love.

Darlene Love is 82 now. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Ronnie Spector

They may have called her “the original ‘bad girl of rock and roll’,” but Ronnie Spector was nothing but nice to me, when I met her in 1990.

Spectre was the lead singer in the ’60s girl-group The Ronettes. Their big hit, of couse, was “Be My Baby.” but of course there were others, too.

But Ronnie Spector was also Mrs. Phil Spector. And we get into that a little bit, in this interview.

So here now, from 1990, Ronnie Spector.

Ronnie Spector is 77 now. Her most recent album was released in 2016. She lives in Connectiocut.


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