Ok, B & B aren’t actually celebrating my blog hits, especially since Bing is dead, but they wouldn’t really care if they knew and it would be too expensive anyway. The point is The Domesticated Bachelor has had 65,000 page hits since starting in February! (we’re actually sneaking up on 68k) I thought the best way to celebrate was with an Andy Williams Christmas clip from his old show. Not able to find that, I thought this Bing and Bowie Christmas clip would be swell.
Davie Bowie made an appearance on Bing Crosby’s 1977 “Merrie Olde Christmas” tv special, but nearly didn’t sing with Bing. About an hour before the show was to record, Bowie told the producers he didn’t like the song “Little Drummer Boy” and wouldn’t sing it. Under pressure (nudge wink), a few of the writers got together and wrote an extra part, “Peace On Earth“, and cleverly joined it with “Little Drummer Boy” into a nice counterpoint mix piece called “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” that was a genius combo for a genius pairing of the then 30 year old Ziggy Stardust and the 73 year-old crooner. The result was a cultural genre-busting epic song that was finally released as a single in 1982.
Interestingly, Bing’s Christmas show was recorded September 11th, 1977, but a month later Bing died of a heart attack and the special aired on CBS November 30th that year (posthumous specials are extra special).
Thanks for visiting TheDomesticatedBachelor and come back again soon. Without further ado, please welcome Bing Crosby and David Bowie in “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy“!
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