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Four Days Before Christmas Carol Countdown: “2014 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love

Darlene Love’s final performance for the David letterman Show, a Christmas  tradition that she, Letterman, and Paul Schaffer began 28 years ago.

Love recounts in a Huffington Post article how the tradition began, and how she got her feet back on the ground while listening to her song playing when working as a maid at a client’s home after her career had tanked:

Huffington Post

By Christopher Rosen

… In the past, Love has also said how she wants to start an annual Christmas show in New York with Paul Shaffer, Letterman’s famous band leader. It was Shaffer who got Love connected with Letterman in the first place, all the way back in the mid-80s, when the pair performed together in the musical “Leader of the Pack.”

“Paul Shaffer played Phil Spector in that play. So, David Letterman came down to see the show, and one night on his show, Dave said to Paul, ‘That Christmas song the girl does in the play you’re in is the greatest Christmas song I’ve ever heard. We need to get her on our show,'” Love recalled in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment in 2013. “It was just one coincidence after another! I started doing the first Christmas show in 1986 […] Every now and then they let me sneak in another song. ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),’ however, is the song. And that’s how all of that came about.”

Prior to her resurgence in the mid-’80s, Love had financial troubles that resulted in her becoming a maid. Love has said it was “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” that helped remind the now-Rock and Roll Hall of Famer of her talent.

“I was cleaning this one lady’s house in Beverly Hills and I heard ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ on the radio. I said, ‘That’s me singing that. This is ridiculous! People are playing my records. If they want to play my records that means people still want to hear me,'” Love said last year. “I quit that job and decided to go to work.”

Taping of the very first time Love performed the Letterman Show, with Love wearing Joey’s favorite women’s style, high-waisted jeans. 

The Jeans Debate Rages On

Continuing the debate from the podcast Joey and I taped yesterday, which you can hear on Good Morning Gloucester Community Group, and also by clicking the Podcast tab in the menu above, where you can find all podcasts ~

keds-audrey-hepburn-two-for-the-roadAudrey Hepburn in High Waisted Jeans and Keds

My response as to why I think high-waisted jeans aren’t all that bad:

As a matter of fact, after taking Joeys challenge and looking for photos of women in high waisted jeans, I think I may purchase a pair and taylor them to get this very look!

I think it all depends on the total, pulled together outfit. What do you think?

Joey says, “For every 1 picture of Marilyn wearing high waisted jeans where she looks OK I could come up with a hundred of her looking 100 times better in something else.”

Yes, I agree, perhaps you could find 100 photos of her looking 100 times better, but you could say that just as easily about skinny jeans, too.

I’ve tried to show several figure types, both full, soft curves and also very slender-hipped women. What I love about the high waisted jeans from the 50s and early 60s is that they were designed for work and play–Elizabeth Taylor washing her dog, Bridgette Bardot riding a bike, Marilyn as farmhand in the River of No Return, and Jean Seberg sitting cross legged in her jeans are just a few examples.

tumblr_m6g3ryAu6z1qkmctto1_r2_500costumetestachives-2009062821822-RONRtest1-originalCostume Tests for River of No Return

e39ad7fabb3f6a90401dfdb29c5faf75Elizabeth Taylor  

jean_seberg_1965_981509459_north_545xJean Seberg

kate_moss2_550889184_north_545xKate Moss

Brigitte Bardot on the filming of A Very Private Affair in 1961.Brigitte Bardot

claudia_schiffer_pour_guess_29352922_north_545xClaudia Schiffer


The word ‘jeans’ comes from the French phrase ‘bleu de Genes’ meaning ‘the blue of Genoa’. The denim fabric originated in the French town of Nimes and owes its name to the location, which was quickly known as ‘denim’ abroad.

Spunky Genoese Navy sailors first strutted around in denim back in the 1500’s but it wasn’t until the 1870’s in the gold rush boom that denim took off. This was when Levi Strauss – a name now synonymous with denim – created a strong style of workers pants with rivets that was quickly adopted by Californian coal miners. Originally made from uncomfortable hemp, Strauss eventually discovered and started using the twilled cotton cloth that originated from the French town of Nimes and denim, as we know it, was born.

~  From the website JeansWest