Darlene’s Love’s FInal Go ‘Round With Dave Letterman

For the better part of the last thirty years, Darlene Love has performed her 1963 hit single, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on Late Night With David Letterman.

Last night was different. Prior to the performance, Love vowed not to sing it for any other TV talk-show hosts after Letterman, the man who gave her an on-air platform to perform it for nearly 30 years.

“People say, ‘He can’t demand that,’” Ms. Love explained, sweeping back her curly platinum hair. “I say, ‘He’s not demanding.’ I made a point myself, and I want to do it just for David,” according to a NYTimes.com article.

Tonight I’ll feature the first (1986) and the last time (last night) Darlene Love appeared on the Letterman show to perform this song. (And if you have not watched 20 Feet From Stardom, it’s not too late to order it for Christmas — up queue it up in Netflix. Simply outstanding documentary.)

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 1986

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) The finale – 2014

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