Darlene Love has had an amazing career spanning over five decades, primarily as a singer, a back-up singer.
As part of Phil Spector's 'wall of sound' in the 60s, her vocals were heard within groups such as The Blossoms and The Chrystals. She not only sang on many of their recordings, but also supported many legendary artists such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Over many career highs and lows, Love never really achieved solo stardom, a fact highlighted in the recent documentary 20 Feet From Stardom - which went on to win an Academy Award.
Well this incredible performer, who still has an amazing voice, conquered the Festival Theatre stage for her one-night only gig - as a star!
Surrounded by the big sound of a 12-piece band and four back-up singers, the 70 minute show proved what a huge infuence this dynamic woman had on the development of 60s American pop music.
Love opened the show with He's Sure the Boy I Love - a song she recorded for Spector with the promise that it would be her first solo release. He lied, and instead released it as the newest single from the The Chrystals.
Love later sang Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry - officially her first solo release.
The amazing and powerful voice was also used to great effect with medleys paying tribute to the music of Marvin Gaye and then Roberta Flack.
Early hits such as Da Doo Ron Ron and He's a Rebel had time to shine in the spotlight, before Love closed the show with Lean on Me and another song that was promised to her, but then given to someone else - River Deep - before exiting the stage with the audience on their feet, begging for more.
Darlene Love may have once been a back-up singer, but this lady very definitely owned that stage.
Adelaide Festival Centre in association with Mario Maiolo presents
An Evening with Darlene Love
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse | Adelaide Festival Centre
Date: 20 Jun 2014
Tickets: $89.90 – $54.90