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2011 Rock Hall Nominees Include....

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Above, Darlene Love and The Blossoms singing on the 68 Comeback.

Darlene Love

Darlene Love was a high school sophomore in California with a powerful church choir voice when she joined the popular girl group the Blossoms as their first lead singer in 1958.  They shot to immortality in 1962, when producer Phil Spector used them as surrogates on his new Crystals’ singles.  With “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure The Boy I Love,” Darlene Love turned into a familiar (though uncredited) voice on radio and records; she also became a member of Spector’s Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans.  Darlene’s own 1963 hits made her a household name, “(Today I Met ) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry,” “Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home,” “A Fine Fine Boy,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – a quartet of tailor-made Ellie Greenwich-Jeff Barry-Spector compositions.  By 1964, the Blossoms, who were regulars on TV’s Shindig, had graduated to first-call A-list session singers (check them on Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special).  Darlene left in 1973 to start a family, but the early-80’s roots-rock revival drew her back.  She starred in the Broadway ‘jukebox’ musical Leader Of The Pack (based on the Ellie Greenwich songbook).  U2 later invited her to sing on their 1987 remake of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”   Ever since, Darlene’s annual wall-of-sound performance of the song (with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra) on David Letterman’s final pre-Christmas-hiatus show – became a high point of the season.

The inductees will be announced sometime in December, with the official ceremony and concert being held at New York City's Waldorf Astoria on March 14.

Among the 15 artists, first-time nominees include Bon Jovi, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Donovan and Alice Cooper. Previously nominated artists include rockers J. Geils Band, rap stars LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, New Orleans legend Dr. John, disco queen Donna Summer, R&B act Chic and singers Laura Nyro, Darlene Love, Chuck Willis and Joe Tex.

Complete list of 2011 Nominees:

Tom Waits
Joe Tex
Donna Summer
Laura Nyro
Darlene Love
LL Cool J
Dr. John
Neil Diamond
Bon Jovi
Alice Cooper
Beastie Boys
J. Geils Band
Chuck Willis