Written By Susanna Lazaru
July 16, 2014
You may not know Darlene Love by name but there's no doubt you'll recognize her voice. One of the most prolific backing singers of the sixties and seventies, she appeared on numerous records including The Tracks of My Tears to That's Life and sang on stage alongside the likes of Elvis Presley
You worked with a plethora of famous faces during your time as a backing singer - who were your favourites?
There are a couple. The one stand out person would be Elvis Presley because of who he was. He was such a star - it was Elvis Presley. The other one would be Sam Cooke just because he was such a nice man and he just oozed sex. He was probably one of the sexiest men living during that time and Elvis was more the icon – he was the superstar that you just go, "Wow. I’m working for Elvis Presley."
What was he like off-stage? Did he behave like a star?
Elvis was very introverted - very quiet, very shy - but what brought him out of his shyness was gospel music. He loved gospel music and because my background was so gospel, he would get his guitar and say, “Do you know this song? Do you remember this?” So that gave us a whole life together, even if it was for five minutes. That gave me a life with Elvis Presley that a lot of people would never have.