Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Peace on Earth

A few years ago, the Washington Post published an interesting article about the epically weird David Bowie and Bing Crosby duet version of "Little Drummer Boy": Bing and Bowie: An Odd Story of Holiday Harmony

It was recorded in September of 1977. A month later, Bing Crosby was dead. His Christmas special aired posthumously about a month after that.

From Mental Floss:
At the last minute, however, Bowie read the script and objected to singing “Little Drummer Boy,” stating “I hate this song. Is there something else I could sing?” Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan (the show’s producers and songwriters in their own right) adjourned to the studio’s basement and in less than 90 minutes came up with the “Peace on Earth” bit that Bowie agreed to interweave with Crosby’s rendition of “Little Drummer Boy.”

I have to agree with you Bowie, I can't stand "Little Drummer Boy" either, but I like this version.

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