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.