The 2019-20 season kicks off with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, the voice that helped launch a hundred hits, headlining CSC’s annual, celebratory “Curtain Up!” gala.
She's known for the No. 1 "He’s a Rebel", "(Today I Met) the Boy I’m Gonna Marry", "He’s Sure the Boy I Love" and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)".
An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board and another recent film Twenty Feet from Stardom that prominently features Darlene, landed the Academy Award in 2013. When Darlene went on stage to be greeted with the Oscar on behalf of all the film participants, she burst into song and won a standing ovation from the Academy audience led by the wildly applauding Bill Murray. Soon after this, it was announced by Oprah Winfrey that a film on Darlene’s life was in production and will star Toni Braxton as a young Darlene Love. Darlene is currently working on a new CD being produced by Stevie Van Sandt. Steve wrote a special song for her, “All Alone on Christmas,” which Darlene sang on screen in Home Alone 2 – a holiday TV favorite every year.
Darlene’s background vocals as a lead member of The Blossoms for Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: “He’s A Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home,” a song that she performs annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman (December marked her 27th appearance).
In 2011, Darlene Love received her industry’s highest award when Better Midler, a great fan of her work, inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the celebration, the two ladies enjoyed performing “He’s A Rebel” together. As part of the festivities, Darlene also sang “He’s A Fine, Fine Boy” backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen.