With (Darlene) Love, Another Christmas Gift For You

Last December, with the striking TV writers keeping Darlene Love from making her annual appearance on Letterman to sing the great "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," I posted a link to Love's knockout 2004 performance of said song on said show.

As I noted last year, the song is a stunner: Included on the 1963 compilation "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector," it matches Love's pleading powerhouse vocal with Spector's signature wall of sound. It's a simple, aching sentiment ("It's Christmas day/Please, please, please, please - baby please come home") that's artfully and expertly rendered. I can't hear it enough, at least with Love handling the vocals. (I've had about enough of Mariah Carey's version, thankyouverymuch. And that's coming from somebody who likes Mariah more than he probably should.)

Anyway, "Baby" came back home to late-night TV this week when Love returned to the "Late Show" set to sing. If Letterman spotlights Love every year, then why not us? It's never, ever wrong to follow in his footsteps. Herewith, her performance:

By J. Freedom du Lac |  December 25, 2008; 8:59 AM ET Christmas , Favorites , Live Last Night, On TV
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