Set your DVR because this Friday 12/19, Darlene Love will sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for David Letterman one last time. She has announced that after this performance she will retire the song and not perform it on TV. The holiday tradition started in 1986, and Love has spent the last 27 years performing the holiday classic on Letterman's shows, "Late Night" and now "Late Show."
Darlene Love is 76 and was born on July 26, 1938 and she sang lead on a string of Phil Spector-produced hits from the early Sixties, including “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 that Spector produced for his Philles label, including the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron,” the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.”
Here is a link to YouTube and a compilation video put together by CBS showing her performances on Letterman’s show over the years. Watch the stage and notice over the years how the numbers of singers has grown to include choirs and other backup singers.
Do a search for Darlene Love and read about her musical career and her resurgence in the 1980s. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has a great biography of her as well as several other sources.