Several incredible performers have passed away this year. Sadly, one of them was the always unique and unforgettable David Bowie. Grief swept throughout the entire music industry, but this next video of him with Bing Crosby singing “Drummer Boy” is a wonderful way to preserve his memory. This clip is a delightful stroll down memory lane.
In this video David Bowie and Bing Crosby perform Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy in a special tribute to Christmas. The “Peace on Earth” tune and lyrics were added to the song “Little Drummer Boy”, written in 1957, especially for Bowie and Crosby’s recording.
They recorded the song on September 11 during Crosby’s 1977 television special called Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. There is some conversation between the two before they start singing about what special ways they celebrate the holidays, and then they start singing the new rendition of “Peace on Earth” combined with “Little Drummer Boy.”
Sadly, just about a month after recording this special, Bing Crosby died on October 14. Bowie’s appearance with him on the special was said to have been his attempt to normalize his career, and I’m sure he never forgot this amazing opportunity to perform with such a great music legend. Seems surreal now when I watch this clip which aired in the U.S. on November 30, 1977 on CBS.
Please watch and share this amazing video and take time to remember these two talented performers! For some of you watching this, I think it will bring back some very fond memories.