It’s not Christmas on “The Late Show With David Letterman” without Darlene Love singing her hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Before Love sings on the Letterman-hosted “Late Show” for the final time ahead of his 2015 retirement, revisit all 26 past performances in a delightful mashup.
Love has sung the Christmas classic on the “Late Show” every year since 1986 (save for the writer’s strike in 2007), which means you can also revisit the style of the past nearly 3 decades via Love’s hair — everything from feathered bangs to curls — and outfits — everything from sparkly dresses to shiny pantsuits.
Letterman’s appearance doesn’t change much — of course, he ages nearly 30 years but there aren’t too many variations on a classic suit. You can also see how creative the staging has gotten over the years — from full orchestras to choirs, from the sax player popping out of a giant present to descending from the rafters on a stunt wire.
Make sure to watch the video until the very end — after the song stops — as the 28 years of Letterman-Love hugs will really warm your heart (if it wasn’t defrosted enough already).
Love will usher in Christmas week with her annual performance on Friday (Dec. 19), after guests Josh Brolin and Jay Thomas.
If this makes you want more Love, check out the film “20 Feet From Stardom,” streaming now on Netflix. The Oscar-winning 2013 documentary follows the behind-the-scenes struggles of Love and several other backup singers. Additionally, OWN is currently producing a TV movie biopic about Love’s life based on the singer’s memoir, “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story.”