With it being Christmas time, songs of the season are on the air and it’s just got to include Darlene Love in the mix. For many years, people associated hearing Love sing her hit Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) with David Letterman. He had Darlene on his final show before Christmas for years. Letterman started the tradition on his NBC show, then kept it up on The Late Show over on CBS.
Thankfully, Love found a new home to sing her song. That’s on ABC’s The View and this year, she was joined by Steven Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul. Over the years, many other singers have done their own version of this song. They put their spin on it and make it special.
For Love, though, she has a favorite version that’s been out there for a long, long time.
Darlene Love Adds Her Special Touch to U2 Version
“I have a connection with U2 and the song because U2 wanted me to do all the background parts, not me and some people,” Love said for The View‘s Behind the Table podcast. Love chatted with host Brian Teta, People reports. “I did all the background parts. We went in and we did the song.
“It has a special meaning to me because it’s totally different from what everybody else did,” Love, 82, said. “It was U2’s ‘Baby (Christmas Please Come Home).’ That’s what made it so great.” And that was all the way back in 1987. U2 put the song out in December 1987 as part of a compilation album entitled A Very Special Christmas.
U2 filmed a music video for their version in November 1987 at the Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That’s the home of Louisiana State University.
‘Christmas’ Song Dates Back to 1963
Yet, when did Love record her version? Turn back the clock to 1963. Love’s song was written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry. The song appeared on a compilation album titled A Christmas Gift for You by Phil Spector.
It didn’t get much love upon an initial release. Years later, though, in 2022, it popped the charts with a No. 7 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Back to Love’s appearances on The View. When Letterman stopped his show, Darlene needed a new home for her early TV performances. The ABC talk show was more than happy to oblige.
“I’ve just loved coming to The View every year,” she said. “I was so loyal to David Letterman because he really reignited my career by bringing me back every year, so I deliberately wouldn’t perform it anywhere else so I could make it special. And the last time, he said to me was, ‘I hope someone picks this up’ — because it was so much fun to do there. So to keep that tradition going as long as we can was important and somebody, a little bird, heard him and we brought it over to The View.”
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