Darlene Love Gets Peekskill into the Holiday Swing
JAMES MIRANDA, Featured Writer
2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love kicked off the holiday season with her Love for the Holidays Show at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on Sat., Nov. 19.
Love performed a host of Christmas classics with her own unique twist as well as her original music that her fans have come to know and love.
“I like the band; it’s got a vibrant personality and [Love seems] so happy,” 60-year patron and Connecticut resident, Tim Farrey. “[The best way to describe her music is that it’s] outgoing and splendiferous.”
The 75-year-old performer opened the show up with an energetic and original rendition of Christmas song, “Glory to the Newborn King.” Most of the first half of the show was composed of Christmas songs, but some of her original hits like, “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” were thrown in as well.
Love’s extremely strong vocals reached out across the Paramount’s auditorium and she was consistently interacting with the audience of 600-plus patrons in between songs.
The music, sound, and feel was a combination of many genres such as jazz, soul, doo-wop, and classical, which is what she’s known for fusing together and initially giving her recognition.
“I like the fact that she’s gotten the recognition she deserves,” 10-year patron and Mahopac, NY resident, Dennis Ubriaco said. “The quality and sound [she emits] is excellent.”
The Los Angeles, Calif. native began her career singing in a local church choir and joined a girl group in high school called “The Blossoms.” She was highly sought after for her powerful voice and shortly began performing backup with industry greats such as Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys.
Most of her career, however, was spent as a background singer and she gained little-to-no recognition.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 for her body of work, however, to wide appeal and positive reception.
Check out all of the great shows coming up!