Day 23: The Little Drummer Boy

If you can endure 2 minutes of toe-curlingly lame dialogue leading up to a horrifying arrangement of one of the worst Christmas songs ever written, then you deserve to witness this historic intersection of Venn diagrams. Ladies and gents, it’s Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing The Little Drummer Boy.

Wikipedia has it that Bowie only appeared on Crosby’s television special because “I just knew my mother liked him.” Crosby died just over a month after recording the special, which aired on 30 November 1977.

According to co-writer Ian Fraser, Bowie balked at singing the Little Drummer Boy because he hated the song. 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.

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