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  • Darlene Love To Retire 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' From TV - Billboard

    When David Letterman ends his 30-plus-year late night career in 2015, his smirking wit won't be the only thing missing from television -- it will also mark the end of an annual holiday TV tradition.

    Every year since 1986, Darlene Love has performed her 1963 girl group classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," from the album A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, on the last episode of Letterman before Christmas. In a recent interview with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Billboard asked Love if she would consider moving the annual performance to a different late night show.

    She laughed and shook her head.

    ..."They couldn't ask me not to sing 'Christmas (Baby)' on another show, but after 10 years, then 15 years, of doing this one song on this one show, I felt I had an obligation to be true to them."

    Read more at Billboard.

    Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS

  • 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' - American Songwriter Lyric Of The Week

    It was 50 years ago that Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector pitched a song to Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, who had had some minor success as the first “blue-eyed soul” duo, the Righteous Brothers. The song was a piece about a faltering relationship called “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and the duo recorded it even though they were dubious about its chances on the charts. But “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” not only became one of the biggest pop hits of the 1960s, but BMI eventually ranked it as having had more radio and television play in the United States than any song of the 20th century.

    Read more at American Songwriter.

  • Phil Spector Featured At GQ.com

    This photo of Phil Spector is featured at GQ.com for April 30, in the magazine's daily look back at stylish men and women.

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