Tuesday Night Christmas Music Byte

The Washington Post reported in 2006 as follows. “One of the most successful duets in Christmas music history — and surely the weirdest — might never have happened if it weren’t for some last-minute musical surgery. David Bowie thought “The Little Drummer Boy” was all wrong for him. So when the producers of Bing Crosby’s Christmas TV special asked Bowie to sing it in 1977, he refused.”

“Just hours before he was supposed to go before the cameras, though, a team of composers and writers frantically retooled the song. They added another melody and new lyrics as a counterpoint to all those pah-rumpa-pum-pums and called it “Peace on Earth.” Bowie liked it. More important, Bowie sang it.”

“The result was an epic, and epically bizarre, recording in which David Bowie, the androgynous Ziggy Stardust, joined in song with none other than Mr. “White Christmas” himself, Bing Crosby. Bowie, who was 30 at the time, and Crosby, then 73, recorded the duet Sept. 11, 1977, for Crosby’s “Merrie Olde Christmas” TV special. A month later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack. The special was broadcast on CBS about a month after his death.”

Please enjoy this now-classic video-clip of Bing Crosby and David Bowie performing “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth.”


Posted on December 8, 2009, in Songs, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Never had known about this duet. Peace on Earth. What a concept.

  2. As I’ve told you before, Lynnrockets, I’m an oldie but a goodie. I actually saw this performance live the first time it aired. I was a young mom then with two little boys, and I still had my illusions intact. I’ve seen it dozens, maybe hundreds of times since and it still brings me nearly to tears. Bing was my parents’ generation, but I was crazy about him! And David Bowie was just a little bit too young to be my generation, but I was crazy about him too! This duet may be the only connection I still have with Christmas. Peace on Earth, indeed. Thank you so much.

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