VIDEO: It isn’t Christmas without Darlene Love

Well, it looks like today’s Video Day. Margaret’s posting of that wonderful Sufjan Stevens rendition of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” has inspired me.

Every year on the Christmas episode of The Late Show, David Letterman invites the magnificent Darlene Love to close the show with a rocking performance of “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).” Love was a Phil Spector protégé’, and had a long and distinguished singing career, capped by a semi-legendary Christmas show she puts on in New York City each year.

While most of us will never get to hear those pipes live, we can at least watch her shake the house down through the power of YouTube. This was her performance last Christmas:


Brian Saint-Paul


Brian Saint-Paul was the editor and publisher of Crisis Magazine. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, in Washington. D.C. In addition to various positions in journalism and publishing, he has served as the associate director of a health research institute, a missionary, and a private school teacher. He lives with his wife in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, where he obsesses over Late Antiquity.

  • Todd M. Aglialoro

    I miss that other Letterman Christmas tradition: Paul Shaffer singing Cher singing ‘O, Holy Night.’

    It’s not quite Christmas without it.

  • Bob Mosby

    Love also played the wife of Mel Gibson’s sidekick Danny Glover in the Lethat Weapon series.

  • William

    It’s OK if you like that sort of thing. No denying the voice but, you know, what ever.

    At least the megalomaniac Letterman says the much detracted phrase, “Merry Christmas” and that’s not small change in this great big stupid world.