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Christmas Music

The song was written by music business heavyweights Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector.  It was released on Spector’s 1963 album A Christmas Gift for You from  Philles Records. Darlene Love recorded it for the album, and what a powerful, emotional performance it is to express the heartache and yearning that goes with love and with the season.  The song was originally written with Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, but Darlene owned that performance.

The album was released on the terrible, ill-fated day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That is, it was released on November 22, 1963. The nation was in mourning and had other things on its mind.  Subsequent releases were more commercially successful, particularly the reissue on Apple Records in 1972.

For Darlene Love, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” has become one of her signature songs. She performed it annually on Late Night with David Letterman (1986-1992) and then the Late Show with David Letterman (1993-2014). The one exception was 2007 when there was a Writer’s Strike, and then they aired a repeat of the 2006 performance. Rolling Stone magazine has ranked Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” first on its list of The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs.

Darlene Love (b. 1941 in Hawthorne, CA) has had a long career working with many different artists. In 1959, she joined The Blossoms and began singing for producer Phil Spector in 1962. Love has worked with The Crystals, Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Sonny and Cher, Shelley Fabares, Johnny Rivers, John Phillips, and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. And she continues to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics to “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love:

(Christmas)
The snow’s coming down
(Christmas)
I’m watching it fall
(Christmas)
Lots of people around
(Christmas)
Baby, please come home

(Christmas)
The church bells in town
(Christmas)
All ringing in song
(Christmas)
Full of happy sounds
(Christmas)
Baby, please come home

They’re singing, ‘Deck The Halls’
But it’s not like Christmas at all
‘Cause I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year

(Christmas)
Pretty lights on the tree
(Christmas)
I’m watching them shine
(Christmas)
You should be here with me
(Christmas)
Baby, please come home

They’re singing, ‘Deck The Halls’
But it’s not like Christmas at all
‘Cause I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year

(Christmas)
If there was a way
(Christmas)
I’d hold back this tear
(Christmas)
But it’s Christmas day

(Please)
Please
(Please)
Please
(Please)
Please
(Please)
Please

(Please)
Please
(Please)
Please
(Please)
Baby, please come home
(Please)

(Christmas)
Baby, please come home
(Christmas)
Baby, please come home
(Christmas)
Baby, please come home
(Christmas)
Oh, yeah, yeah

(Christmas)
I need you right here
(Christmas)
Please come home
(Christmas)
(Christmas)
(Christmas)

For another song by Darlene Love: “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry.”

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop music, rock and roll hits, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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