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Bing & Bowie: ‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth’

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and the official Christmas season has begun! Let me be the first to whip out this little chestnut. Here’s Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing a medley of “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Peace On Earth” (from Bing Crosby’s 1977 Merry Olde Christmas television special):

Don’t feel foolish if you’ve never heard the “Peace on Earth” song before. The writers of Bing’s special hastily put it together for Bowie, 30, to sing hours before the show because he refused to sing “The Little Drummer Boy.” So, Bing, 73, sang it and Bowie sang the new lyrics and melody over it.

Incidentally, a month later, Bing was dead.

Thanks, boys.

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2 thoughts on “Bing & Bowie: ‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth’

  1. I have always looked at this as an incredibly forced segment for both of them. Bing had become such a caricature by this time. Just shows you what happens when you live so long. Life is not kind to the famous.

  2. I remember watching this! I was just thinking about it the other day.

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