Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love – 1979

Phil Spector's Christmas albumFirst released on November 22nd 1963, Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is listed at #1 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas songs.

Christmas two weeks in a row??

Yes, I know we had a Christmas song a couple of weeks ago. But when I asked people about their favourite all time Christmas song Wozza and Finnattic mentioned Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Now, I LOVE this song but hadn’t considered it because it was released in 1963 but then I found out…

… Darlene’s version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was re-released in 1979 so I couldn’t resist putting it on seventiesmusic.

darlene and phil

Darlene got big break through meeting and working with, the now-infamous, Phil Spector. She can really sing. I mean, she’s got an amazingly powerful voice and so got to do BV’s with people like Sam Cooke, Sonny and Cher, Tom, Jones, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, and the king himself, Elvis Presley.

Darlene sang with a group called The Blossoms. Phil Spector used them on a number of his songs including the #1 hit Da Doo Ron Ron.

Phil had a band he used named The Crystals. Some songs released by The Crystals were, in fact, The Blossoms and vice versa.  The #1 single He’s a Rebel is listed as being by The Crystals; it was in fact, The Blossoms with Darlene singing lead – her only #1 single.

Darlene released songs under the names, The Blossoms, The Crystals and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans

darlene and little stevie

Darlene had not performed for many years until in the early 80s when Steven Van Zandt persuaded her to come out of retirement and perform again.

darlene and david

For every year since 1986 Darlene has performed Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) on the final pre-Christmas episode David Letterman’s late night talk show. The only year she missed was 2007. Unable to have Darlene perform because of the Writers’ Strike, David played a tape of her previous year’s performance.

Christmas (baby please come home) fax

  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was originally released on a 1963 compilation album titled, A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records – Phil Spector’s label.
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.
  • It was intended that Phil’s wife Ronnie would sing the song but for some reason it became Darlene’s.
  • In December 2010, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was named at #1 by Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs.
  • A number of bands have covered Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). The best known cover is by U2. Recorded during a break in the recording of The Joshua Tree, Darlene provides the BV’s. Bruce Springsteen used to sing this song as part of his close-to-Christmas set, more than once being joined on stage by Darlene.  Other artists to cover Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) include;  Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Bublé (is there are song he hasn’t covered??), Mariah Carey (is there a song she hasn’t covered??), Cher Dion, Hanson, Jars of Clay, R.E.M., Joey Ramone (The Ramones also do a GREAT version of What a Wonderful World), Sha Na Na, and KT Tunstall – that’s quite a list!  And it’s such a great song that most versions are pretty darn good!!
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is also featured in two movies – Gremlins, and Goodfellas.
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) lyrics.

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – 1963

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – On Letterman – 1986

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – On Letterman – 2010

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2 Responses to Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love – 1979

  1. Marlene Oles says:

    I have watched 20 feet from stardom and I have the utmost respect for you. Like you, I have worked in the music industry and sang background vocals as a gist performer. I am so glad you received your overdue induction to the rock and roll hall of fame. Even though I was not recognized, I would not have been able to do what I did had it not been for you. I LOVE YOU DARLENE LOVE!!!

    • Greg.K. says:

      Hi Marlene,
      EVERYONE should watch 20 Feet From Stardom and then pay homage to Darlene, yourself and others like you who do so much to make the person upfront look and sound so good.
      You may not have been recognised, but you know what you’ve done, and you have added to the world of music–and that’s got to be a great thing.
      🙂

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