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Melba Moore/Darlene Love at The Rrazz Room New Years Eve

January 15, 2009

After working a fabulous two week engagement at the Plush Room (managed by Rrazz Entertainment) in December 2008 with the legendary Mary Wilson (The Supremes, Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame), I go the call to once again play a holiday show for Rrazz Productions.  Rrazz Entertainment had, by this time, moved out of the York Hotel and into the swanky goodness that is the Hotel Nikko!  This years show would feature two iconic vocalists who’s repertoire spans over four decades.

Darlene Love is best known for her work with the girl group  “The Blossoms” and legendary producer Phil Spector.  A staple of  ’50s and ’60s rock and soul, Love worked with Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and Sonny and Cher.  Love’s biggest hits were the ’60’s, “Da-Doo-Ron-Ron” and “He’s a Rebel”.  Love made her singing and acting returns in the 80’s with appearances as herself in the Musical “Leader of the Pack” and her portrayal as Danny Glover’s wife in the “Lethal Weapon” series of movies.

Melba Moore got her start on Broadway in 1967 as the lead in “Hair”, replacing Diane Keaton.  In 1970 she won a Tony award for her role in the Musical “Purlie”.  In the ’70’s Moore signed with Mercury Records and received Grammy nominations for albums in 1971 and 1975.  Moore continued to have hits throughout the ’70’s and ’80’s working her way up the charts in both the UK and the US.

The 8-day, 9-show run was a lot of fun.  The music ranged from Melba’s work on Broadway in “Hair” and “Purlie” to her 70’s and 80’s disco/R&B hits.  Darlene’s portion of the show was focused on the great Phil Spector hits of the ’50’s and ’60’s; including work by Ike and Tine Turner where she sang back up.

The band, except talented bassist Seth Glassman (Darlene Love’s musical director and bassist), was comprised of a great San Francisco based crew; Tammy Hall (Piano and Musical Director), Fil Lorenz (Sax and Flute), Mark Rosengarden (Drums) and yours truly (guitar).

Below are some pics of New Years Eve and, soon to come, a short, funny video..Fil Lorenz (Sax) and I look bored out of our minds, but we were actually having a good time..this was the 2nd show of the night and it was 12:30am!  Haha!  Enjoy!

Rrazz Room Video

Stay  “Tuned” and thanks for reading! 🙂


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