Singer Darlene Love is known for her soulful voice, especially during the holiday season. Every year, David Letterman has had her on his show to perform one special holiday song. Recently, Love took his stage to perform “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for the very last time.
As the Inquisitr reported, Letterman will retire in May of 2015, which means this is the last annual holiday performance that viewers will get to hear Darlene Love — at least on the Letterman stage.
According to E! Online, to celebrate the very last time, Darlene Love sang the song with a full band, fake snow — the works. For the 2014 performance, Darlene was backed by almost a dozen back up singers, horns, strings, and was lead by Letterman’s band leader Paul Shaffer. For this performance, she decided to sing on top of the piano so she could avoid being hugged by David Letterman, as she was afraid she would break down in tears at the end of her performance. Instead, the pair shook hands.
Stephen Colbert will be taking Letterman’s spot, but Darlene Love isn’t returning to the stage. During an interview, Love stated that she’s never singing that song live on television again. When Letterman retires, so will her performance of that song.
— Marchell Mascheck (@MmPurple) December 22, 2014
The singer told the New York Times, “People say, ‘[Letterman] can’t demand that.’ I say, ‘He’s not demanding.’ I made a point myself, and I want to do it just for David.”
Despite Darlene Love singing the song over the years, Letterman hates holiday songs. Shaffer revealed to the New York Times, “I could never play ‘Monster Mash’ on Halloween.”
Letterman signed off on Darlene singing the song because of her soul.
— Anjie Taylor (@Anj_T) December 22, 2014
The Late Show with David Letterman posted a montage of Darlene Love singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
In the video, Letterman is seen introducing her several times for a montage that spans 30 years, “the best thing about the holidays is a visit from our next guest. Here now to sing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is our good friend, Darlene Love.”
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 15, 2014
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