The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt has revealed that he's overseeing a new album by famed 1960s pop/soul singer Darlene Love. During a red-carpet event in New York City this Monday, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he first promised Love he'd make a record with her about thirty years ago, so he's excited about finally getting the project off the ground.
Little Steven reported that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album, and said he also has talked to his band mate Bruce Springsteen about contributing a tune. In addition, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he's contacted some of the best-known pop composers of the '60s -- including Carole King, the team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and Mike Stoller of Lieber and Stoller fame -- about lending their talents to the record.
"Everybody I know that is a great songwriter, I'm talking to," said Steven. "We're hoping to have an all-star album for Darlene, which she deserves."
He added that he's planning to work on the project in his own studio and hopes to have it completed "in time for Christmas" or by "the first of the [new] year."
Love probably is best known for being one of the key voices behind Phil Spector's Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and The Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love." She also was one of the stars profiled in last year's Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom. Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
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