Darlene Love’s colorful life has already been the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.” Now OWN will tackle it in My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story. Songtress Toni Braxton will portray Love, whose voice was instrumental in building Phil Spector’s signature Wall of Sound.
Though Love sang lead vocals on hits including “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure The Boy I Love,” Spector released those songs as being recorded by The Crystals. Love wasn’t a member of that group, and thus got cheated out of possibly millions in royalties. She later won a lawsuit, but the statute of limitations had cost her much of the money she stood to gain. Love went into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2011. She memorably sang from the stage at the Oscars after “20 Feet From Stardom” won the Documentary prize earlier this year.
The film won’t just deal with her professional exploits. It will mention the time Elvis Presley hit on the singer and her relationship with Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley. The movie is coming in December and Love herself will serve as an executive producer.