A Darlene Love Christmas: Love for the Holidays

Dec. 15
7:30 p.m.
Holiday, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

There’s Bing Crosby and “White Christmas,” and Mel Tormé roasting chestnuts in “The Christmas Song,” maybe even Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” But if any one singer owns Christmas with any one song these days it’s Darlene Love skating into “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Juggling pathos and deck-the-halls exuberance, the tune originated on Phil Spector’s girl-group-fueled ’63 Christmas album, then Love reprised it annually for nearly 30 years on Letterman. That and the other Christmas baubles she sang on the Spector disc—“White Christmas,” “Marshmallow World,” “Winter Wonderland”—will be on tap as Love brings her holiday extravaganza back to the Ordway. So will other hits she sang with the Crystals, such as “He’s a Rebel,” and maybe something from her 2015 Steve Van Zandt-produced album. 7