Tonight marks the end of an era: legendary singer Darlene Love will perform "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for the last time on The Late Show With David Letterman, closing the chapter on a nearly 30-year annual tradition.
Love was recently featured in the Academy Award-winning 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which spotlighted the voices that turned hits into gold, only to be promptly erased from mainstream memory. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is no exception:
"Mariah Carey fans think that she's the originator," Ms. Love said. "I say, 'I don't even know if she was born when I recorded this song.'" (She was not.)
Although she has vowed not to sing it for any other talk show host, Love, who originally recorded the song for psycho-producer Phil Spector's 1963 album "A Christmas Gift for You," acknowledged that the performance will be bittersweet: "It's going to be a weepy moment, for me anyway."
Check out Darlene Love's Letterman retrospective below, and tune in tonight for the big finale.
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