Quote of the Day: Darlene Love Calls Phil Spector 'Genius' at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

More

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Darlene Love were honored for their contributions to music. A highlight of the evening came when Love, who sang lead vocals on classic "Wall of Sound" pop hits like "Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry" and "He's a Rebel", accepted her award:

Looking radiant in a black dress, Love seemed to be holding back tears as she walked to the podium. "This year, in July, I will turn 70 years old," she said. "This is the best gift that I could ever had. I have given over 50 years of my life and talent to the music industry. I am so thankful for the genius of Phil Spector for his recognition of my talent to be the main voice of his Wall of Sound."

Notice that she acknowledges record producer Phil Spector's "genius." A reference to Spector could raise eyebrows coming from anyone, considering his legacy outside the recording studio: In 2009, he was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson. But spoken by Love, this compliment is classy and poignant—though she thanks Spector for his "recognition" of her talent, for years he did not fully acknowledge her contributions to his records. In the 1960s, Spector refused to credit Love on several of the songs that featured her lead vocals, and she eventually had to sue him to receive the royalties she was due for her work with him.

But in praising rather than criticizing Spector, Love took the high road, basking in the glow of finally, truly being recognized.

Read the full story at Rolling Stone.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In