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David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Posted by falconi5 on December 22, 2010


As many of you know we are not big fans of Christmas Music here at the nest.  We are however, big fans of collaborations, or collabos as we like to call them.

The track was recorded on 11 September 1977 for Crosby’s then-upcoming television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The pair exchanged dialogue about what they do for Christmas before singing “Little Drummer Boy” with a new counterpoint with original lyrics written for the special, “Peace on Earth.” Bowie’s appearance has been described as a “surreal” event, undertaken at a time that he was “actively trying to normalise his career.”[2] He has since recalled that he only appeared on the show because “I just knew my mother liked him.”[3] Buz Kohan was not sure that Crosby knew who Bowie was, but Ian Fraser claimed, “I’m pretty sure he did. Bing was no idiot. If he didn’t, his kids sure did.”[1] Crosby died on October 14, just over a month after recording the special. In the U.S., the show aired on 30 November 1977 on CBS.

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According to co-writer Ian Fraser, Bowie balked at singing “Little Drummer Boy.” “I hate this song. Is there something else I could sing?” Fraser recalls Bowie telling him. Fraser, along with songwriter Larry Grossman and the special’s scriptwriter, Buz Kohan, then wrote “Peace on Earth” as a counterpoint to “Little Drummer Boy.” Crosby performed “Little Drummer Boy,” while Bowie sang the new tune “Peace on Earth,” which they reportedly performed after less than an hour of rehearsal.[1]

And of course Christmas is not complete without the Clay Aiken Version.   Perhaps the worst, creepiest collabo ever.

 

 

 

One Response to “David Bowie & Bing Crosby”

  1. Old School said

    Good Christmas collab…for us old folks I guess.

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