Inside a Late-Night Christmas Tradition: Darlene Love on ‘Letterman’

It’s been an annual tradition since 1986, and now, Paul Shaffer takes you behind-the-scenes to see all the preparation that goes into rock legend Darlene Love’s yearly pre-Christmas performances on David Letterman’s late-night shows dating back to his NBC days.

This year, Love, 73, is scheduled to appear on Friday’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (Dec. 23, 11:35 p.m./10:35c on CBS) with another annual guest, Jay Thomas. As always, she’ll sing her Christmas classic “Christmas: Baby Please Come Home” accompanied by back-up singers and a “Late Show Band” that’s been greatly expanded to try and reproduce the Phil Spector-produced sound of the original 1963 hit.

Watch how Paul Shaffer takes charge of the proceedings in this inspiring video:
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It really is an annual Christmas gift from Letterman to his viewers and fans — something Jay Leno cannot match, and the kind of the thing that, love him or hate him (or something in between), sets David Letterman and his “Late Show” apart from all the rest.

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