“Marshmallow World,” recorded by Darlene Love for the album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, is featured in a new Google commercial for Android phones. Listen for it this holiday season!
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.”
Phil Spector is featured at GQ.com for April 30, in the magazine’s daily look back at stylish men and women.
In August 1963, Brian Wilson had to pull off the road because the song coming from his car radio overpowered his ability to drive. The same thing happened to America. That month, the sounds of musical and social change manifested in the form of four beats, four syllables, and four unmistakable “whoa, oh, oh, ohs.” The arrival of “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes was so vivid the song became instantly synonymous with the term “Wall of Sound.”
This history of “Be My Baby” is written in three chapters: rock pioneer Hal Blaine was Phil Spector’s Wrecking Crew drummer responsible for the incendiary drum introduction. Twenty-five years later, Eddie Money revitalized the song and restored Ronnie Spector’s career with “Take Me Home Tonight.” And finally, the inimitable, Ronnie Spector: the vocalist who will be waiting for us, ‘til eternity.
Read more about “Be My Baby” at K-EARTH 101 FM.