Darlene Love announced last week that she will end the tradition of performing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on late night television with the retirement of David Letterman next month after 28 years.
Speaking to Billboard backstage at a charity concert, Love said “They never told me not to, but it was an unspoken thing. They couldn’t ask me not to sing ‘Christmas (Baby)’ on another show, but after 10 years, then 15 years, of doing this one song on this one show, I felt I had an obligation to be true to them.”
Darlene raised the possibility of a annual holiday concert with Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer, who was responsible for the start of the tradition. During an interview last year on “The Grooveyard”, Darlene talked about meeting Shaffer while performing at The Bottom Line, a Greenwich Village club. That led to the beginning of the tradition, which was always on Letterman’s last show before Christmas. The above video is from last year’s appearance.
Here’s another Darlene Love appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman”, performing “Lean on Me” from her Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom”.
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