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Darlene Love talks '20 Feet From Stardom,' Phil Spector, fighting for her music and more

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After 54 storied and eventful years behind a microphone, Darlene Love finally has a debut solo album, ironically titled Introducing Darlene Love.

Love, 74, sang lead with the Blossoms, a trio Phil Spector used to record the eventual No. 1 hit He's a Rebel. The Blossoms and Love mostly stayed in the background of dozens of the '60s biggest hits, from Frank Sinatra's That's Life to Monster Mash. Just as the Wrecking Crew were the music industry's go-to session musicians, the Blossoms were everyone's preferred backup singers, anonymous and underpaid.

Her carer-long struggle for solo fame -- documented in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom -- crested when Steven Van Zandt finally produced her debut album.

"He kept saying, 'We're going to go into the studio and do this,' " Love said in a phone interview. "One night we were at B.B. King's and Steven asked what we were doing tomorrow. I said, 'We have the day off.' He said, 'No, you don't. We're going into the studio. If we don't start it, we're never going to.' "

Love will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets are $39-$75.

For more of Steve Persall's interview with Darlene Love, click here.

[Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2016 1:46pm]

    

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