Darlene Love has a bone to pick with the production company behind NBC’s annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special.
The “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” singer criticized Brad Lachman Productions in a Facebook post Thursday, claiming that the company has repeatedly denied her requests to sing her own song for years, opting for younger artists to cover it instead.
“Once again I was snubbed by Brad Lachman Productions who produce the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and instead they book another artist to perform my song “Christmas Baby, Please Come Home” each year!! Such an insult and let down!” the singer wrote.
“They book these young artists who can’t even hit the notes properly and are off key. Makes NO sense!! That’s my song and I’m still alive. Show me some respect! My publicist has been trying for over 10 years to lock this performance down for me and they keep saying that I’m not their demo or big enough and would only book me if Bette Midler or Bruce Springsteen would do it with me.”
Brad Lachman Productions did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. NBC had no comment Thursday.
Love, whose real name is Darlene Wright, is also known for her 1962 hit “He’s a Rebel,” and for her part in the girl group The Blossoms. She went on to lament the difficulties of the music business.
“This business can be so unfair at times. Don’t get me wrong, I’m TRULY blessed for what I have accomplished at 78 years of age but it’s still a constant struggle to stay relevant and convince those who control the industry that I’m worth it. I’m turning off the TV. Gotta rest up for my holiday tour. Thank you to all my fans and friends who do support me. You keep my spirit happy and alive. Love, DARLENE!” she concluded.