The artist: Miss Darlene Love
The Performance: The David Letterman Show, December 2000
The Reason I Chose this Version: Darlene sings this song every year on Dave's final show before Xmas (of course with the writer's strike this year, there will be no performance, the first time in almost twenty years!) --Anyway, this song which was originally arranged and produced by musical mad man, Phil Spector, was written during the early years of the Vietnam war and was supposed to be about a woman longing for her boyfriend overseas. Hence this version with the United States Singing Sergeants doing background vocals. And, well, considering how many men and women are overseas this holiday season, the song has even more resonance.
FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS: