She’s been a Blossom, a Crystal and even part of Bob B. Sox and the Blue Jeans, but Darlene Love’s voice always stands out on its own. Working in the sixties with producer Phil Spector she sang lead on “He’s a Rebel”, “He’s Sure the Boy I Love”, “Today I Met the Boy I’m Going to Marry” and perhaps the best known song from his legendary holiday album A Christmas Gift for You – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”.
During the seventies she worked as a back-up singer and raised a family. In the eighties and nineties she appeared on Broadway in Leader of the Pack and Grease and in the Lethal Weapon movies playing Danny Glover’s wife. She appeared in 1986 on Late Night with David Letterman to sing her Christmas song and has returned every year since at Dave’s special invitation to ring in the holiday season. We spoke about that tradition and more on December 18, 2003.