DARLENE LOVE & PHIL SPECTOR’S LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS ALBUM
By Alan Chrisman (All Articles ARE written BY ALAN CHRISMAN), copyright 2012-2015 (A Praveen Patel has tried to hack them and claim them).
Tonight, Dec.19, Darlene Love, appears on The David Letterman Show, for the last time, doing her classic Xmas song, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” from Phil Spector’s landmark Christmas album. She has done so since 1986, but this will be the last time on Letterman, as he is retiring this year.
Phil Spector’s Christmas album has remained a holiday rock classic. Darlene Love, is the actual voice behind many of Spector’s groups and still has an amazing voice. If you’ve never seen her sing , don’t miss tonight’s performance!
Spector’s album is a re-working of traditional holiday songs, but done in a rock ’n’ roll style by some of the classic early 60’s girl groups which Spector wrote for and produced, Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes, Darlene Love, The Crystals, and Bobby Sox and The Blue Jeans.
It was originally called, A Gift for You, and was released on Nov. 22, 1963 (not a good date as that was the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated). But since then it has become a holiday staple. It contains standards like “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin; “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, “Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Here Comes Santa Claus”, and Spector even co-wrote a song especially for the album, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home”).
Phil Spector is a rock ’n’ roll legend for creating the “Wall of Sound” production technique, which many have tried to imitate ever since. He basically put together all the above groups to realize his songs and production ideas. He also made hits for The Righteous Brothers’ ”Unchained Melody”; Ike and Tina Turner,” River Deep-Mountain High” (which George Harrison called the ‘perfect record’); Ben E. King, “ Spanish Harlem”, and many more.
Spector was to have a huge influence on everyone from The Beatles to Springsteen, to Brian Wilson (Wilson says Spector’s Xmas album is his favorite album of all time). Phil Spector would later go on to produce The Beatles’ Let it Be, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and John Lennon’s POB and Imagine and Rock and Roll albums. Spector’s Christmas album was re- released on The Beatles’ label, Apple in 1972 (with Spector on the front cover in a long white beard, wearing a “back to mono” button). For some holiday standards, rock ‘n’ rolled a bit, check out Phil Spector’s classic, Christmas Album.
There’s a recent documentary about the female singers, like Darlene Love, who were the real, but often-uncredited, voices behind many of rock’ greatest songs and bands, “Twenty Feet from Stardom”.
Darlene Love doing Phil Spector classic, “Christmas (Baby please Come Home)”, David Letterman, 1993:
See Darlene Love doing Phil Spector’s classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), live on David Letterman TV Show, 2012:
Darlene Love doing Phil Spector’s classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), live on David Letterman TV Show, 2013: