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December 21, 2023

Watch Darlene Love Revisiting Her “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” Hit on Letterman in December 1986

For nearly 30 years straight (1986–2014), Darlene Love would appear on Letterman every year to perform her 1963 Christmas hit, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. Here she is performing it for the first time in 1986. If anyone deserves the Queen of Christmas title, it’s Darlene.

Darlene Love (Darlene Wright; born July 26, 1941) is an American popular music singer and actress. She gained prominence in the 1960s for the song “He’s a Rebel,” a No. 1 American single in 1962, and was one of the artists who performed on the celebrated Christmas album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, produced by Phil Spector in 1963. She is ranked number 84 among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers.

Love performed the song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” every year since 1986 on the last episode before Christmas of Late Night with David Letterman (NBC 1986 to 1992) and the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS 1993 to 2015). Her final Christmas appearance was on December 19, 2014, nine days after the official announcement of the show’s finale in May 2015. Letterman has stated that the annual performance is his favorite part of Christmas. Due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, Love was unable to perform on the Letterman show in 2007; a repeat of her 2006 performance was shown instead.


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