No Christmas season can begin without Darlene Love’s appearance on David Letterman’s show. This Friday, the singer kept the tradition she established in 1986 and she returned to Letterman to give another beautiful representation of her single “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”.
Viewers across America were anxiously waiting to watch the “Late Show with David Letterman” or at least this is what statistics say. As usual, the singer did not let her fans down. She showed up wearing a beautiful red dress and the entire studio was decorated with the traditional colors of Christmas.
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is the only holiday song that Letterman likes, according to the declarations of his bandleader, Paul Shaffer. Consequently, the producers invited Darlene on the show in 1986 in order to please grinch David Letterman and they have been doing so ever since.
There are many other traditions that are held during the Christmas edition of the CBS programme. The most popular one is the moment when Letterman competes with comedian Jay Thomas to knock a meatball off the top of a Christmas tree. Afterwards, Thomas tells the story of the Lone Ranger like he does in every year. However, the most emotional part of the show is during Darlene Love’s interpretation when she hits it full blast and confetti come down above everyone in the studio.
Love began her career as a church singer in Hawthorne. This year she was introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “popular music’s greatest session vocalist and backup singer”. Love is the interpreter of some of the greatest hits of the early Sixties, such as, “He’s a Rebel,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts?” and the seasonal classic “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home”. In addition, she sang background vocals on numerous other hits like the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin”.