Sadly, the legendary crooner didn’t even live to see this piece air – . Bowie, who died in 2016, was trying to mainstream himself musically around that time.
Ah, man. This video brings back memories. There was a time in the 1980s when I couldn’t turn on MTV without seeing it airing. I thought it was cute when it first aired, but not 15 times a day. Then again, they only had a limited number of videos that they could show then and they were a 24/7 station. Now they have 24/7 worth of reality shows airing. Don’t get me started on that since I could write about 125,000 words on that alone. I’d rather focus on this legendary video.
It starts with the late David Bowie and Bing Crosby meeting at a piano. They talk about what they like to do for Christmas. Then they start to sing “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”. It’s a really nice duet that showcases both of their amazing singing voices. People who grew up in the 1980s remember watching it on MTV many times. It’s a nice video to watch especially in these fractured political times.
There are some interesting facts about this video. First, it wasn’t shot to be a music video – it was part of Crosby’s 1977 Christmas show. Sadly, the legendary crooner didn’t even live to see that air – he died in October of that year. Bowie, who died in 2016, was trying to mainstream himself musically around that time. He was shedding the Ziggy Stardust persona in favor of a regular person. He wasn’t quite there at the time of this shooting. I think he resembles a Vulcan in the video, never minding the lack of pointy ears. Bowie was always Bowie, though, no matter what he looked like.
It’s always weird watching some of these videos, knowing that the people that are singing them are dead. Queen, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Nirvana are just some of the ones I’ve seen recently. While I know that it’s part of life, it still gives it a bittersweet tinge. The same can be said of this video. Rest in peace, you two, and I hope you’re singing that duet now.
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