- Posted December 30, 2013 by
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"Lovin' Feeling" alumni, Bill Medley & Darlene Love, re-unite to double-headline pre-New Year's show before she sings national anthem New Years at Rose Bowl; "Rock'n'Roll Heaven" & "DaDooRonRon"
Fresh off her 27th TV appearance on David Letterman's show, on Dec 28th, Darlene Love re-united with fellow, Phil Spector-"Wall of Sound" alumnus, surviving Righteous Brother, Bill Medley, for a concert in the Los Angeles area. As a member of The Blossoms, Ms. Love provided background vocals to Messrs. Medley and partner Bobby Hatfield on the Phil Spector-produced "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" in 1965.
This excerpts Bill Medley singing "Rock'n'Roll Heaven" from his half of the show, and Darlene Love singing "Da Doo Ron Ron" from her half of the show.
Ms. Love is featured in the 2013 documentary, "20-Feet from Stardom," as as one the under-recognized background-vocalist contributors to some of the top songs of the rock era. Ms. Love and film-mates, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill will kick off the pre-game festivities at the 100th Rose Bowl Game with a special performance of the Star-Spangled Banner on ESPN's broadcast New Year's Day,
Bill Medley won an Academy Award for Best Original Song (with Jennifer Warnes) in 1987 for ""(I've had) The Time of My Life" from the motion picture, "Dirty Dancing."
Bill Medley's daughter, singer McKenna Medley, sang Bobby Hatfield's part with her dad in the duet, "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'." In 1969, Bill Medley produced Darlene Love's The Blossoms covering ("You're My) Soul and Inspiration." With Mr. Medley's blessing, Darlene Love performed that song with her male backup singer, Milton Vann, in her first- half of the double-header at Live Nation's Fox Center for the Performing Arts in Riverside, California.
When Mr. Medley, who split from Phil Spector because of "personal difficulties" with the reputedly, controlling producer in late 1965, was asked what he thought about Phil Spector having been convicted for shooting actress Lana Clarkson to death, Mr. Medley replied, "It doesn't surprise me!" At Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside, Calif 12/28/13.