Here's another dependable holiday standby, Darlene Love, doing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)". She performs it every year on Late Night With David Letterman, on the Friday before Christmas, this year falling on Friday, December 20, as in tomorrow (or today, depending on when you're reading this). This will be her twenty seventh year doing it. You should check it out. It's as close to seeing an ersatz Wall of Sound, playing live, as you'll get, particularly one with an original Spector affiliated singer, using the original arrangement. It's great. Cynicism takes three minutes off.
It came out fifty years ago, on a compilation called A Christmas Gift For You From Phillies Records, an LP that consisted of all new recordings, all produced by Phil Spector, and all backed by the Wrecking Crew. Love's song was the only non-standard, written specifically for the album by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector. It was released the day Kennedy was shot, and the nation wasn't all that interested. But over time, that LP has become a whopper.
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