When David Letterman took over for Johnny Carson, it was not a
pretty sound heard around the country, possibly the world. There
were four letter words, profanity being blurted out and there was an
inexplicable sadness for ‘losing’ the off stage private person, on stage
hilarious man. Who could replace Johnny?
My parents were open-minded and would routinely enjoy ‘new’ things,
which meant they eventually watched, “The Jay Leno Show” and “The
Late Show with David Letterman.”
There was a night owl lurking in both parents, even while completing
their careers, they were ‘stout’ and ‘devout’ late to bed and during the
week, early to risers.
Now, retirement changed this but that is another story!
I was flabbergasted that TONIGHT will be the LAST Christmas show
with David Letterman where he features the fabulous (‘dahling’) woman
known to many as “Darlene Love.” You must have heard her singing, even
if not on this show, but David’s Late Show band leader, Paul Shaffer,
was the one to have discovered her and encouraged David to have her on
his show, particularly singing (should I say, ‘belting out?’) this marvelous
“Baby, Please Come Home for Christmas.”
She came in short hair, blonde hair, long and wavy hair, sometimes even
crimped hair, she changed her octaves over the 18 years of being the one
who heralded in the Christmas season’s last week before evening show.
David Letterman has declared her (or ‘dubbed her’) the Christmas Queen!
There is someone or something that brings Christmas into your heart,
if you follow the tradition to celebrate this holiday. . .
Who or what makes the holiday come true?
David Letterman sometime almost 30 years ago said,
“It’s just not Christmas, without Darlene Love on our show.”
If you cannot listen tonight, don’t have DVR to save this momentous
occasion, then find her and look her up on Youtube or listen to her one
one of Phil Sceptor’s brilliant Christmas albums, recorded in 1963…