Monday, December 17, 2007

Bowie and Bing Sing!

I can't believe I found this!!

When I was a child I saw David Bowie and Bing Crosby sing a touching duet of "The Little Drummer Boy" on a Christmas show. I instantly fell in love with it. When I became an adult I'd hear the song on the radio during Christmas but I thought I'd never see the actual skit/duet again. Enter YouTube.

On a whim I decided to look up Bing and Bowie's number on the we've-got-everything video website and was thrilled when I found it. Watching it again almost made me cry. I'd forgotten how poignant Bowie's part in the duet is. And I'd forgotten what a good singer he really was. He fit perfectly with Crosby.

In fact, the contrast between these two singers who couldn't be more different is what gives this video its quiet power. Bing Crosby, the epitome of crooning traditionalism and David Bowie, a gender bending glam rocker, came together in mutual respect and created something that people still want to see over twenty years later. It's sort of parable of the goodwill Christmas is supposed to be about, don't you think?

Anyway, here's Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing "The Little Drummer Boy". I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


RevJim said...

Thanks very much for posting this. It is one of my favorite Christmas music videos of all time. Do you remember what show it was on originally? I think it was an Andy Williams Christmas special, but I think I might be wrong.
It doesn't matter, it always brings a tear to my eye.

heidianne jackson said...

i remember watching this when i was a youngster, too. thanks for sharing this, you've made my day!

PoorGrrl said...

Hey Rev and Heidianne! Glad you like this post and glad I could make your day. I don't remember what show this duet originally aired on, Rev, but you could probably find out on Google. Like YouTube, Google has just about everything. Thanks again you two for stopping by; glad this post warmed your hearts.

Tapline said...

Unlike you other commenters..I wasn't that young when I heard saw this program...I remember it in my long ago past.....It was great thanks PFZ....stay well....

JMK said...

GREAT find Dwana!

I remember seeing this one on that old show "Friday Night Videos" back around 1982.

According to a WaPo article I found, it was recorded within an hour of being written on September 11th, 1977! I believe Bing Crosby died a year later, in 1978.

The article can be found at;

WomanHonorThyself said...

all I can say is "awwwwwwwwww"!

Paul Champagne said...

Thanks for posting this ... I had never seen it before.

American Interests said...

This does take me back...Merry Xmas

heidianne jackson said...

merry christmas!!!

mccommas said...

Isn't YouTube wonderful?

My latest find is the old Black Flag commercials of all things!

This lady came on all the time to advocate the mass slaughter of roaches -- and at the time I didn't even know what a roach was.

That’s a testament to my mother's clean house I guess.

I have been watching Madonna videos that I never saw and old 80's videos like Rick Ashley’s “Never going to give you up” and Ooh this one by Fleetwood Mac.


It’s not an old favorite of mine. I never heard it. But I remember seeing it on the album cover so on a whim I plugged it in and there it was. McVie is just wonderful. This is a song about a man she can never have. It’s sad and beautiful at the same time.

I checked out some of the cartoon I used to watch and I am embarrassed I spent so much time watching that crap! No wonder I got D's in school.

Yep. I remember watching the David Bowie and Bing Crosby duet. I think it was on a Christmas special which I saw aired for the first time. I think...

It’s a classic that HAS stood the test of time.

This internet thing is working out; wouldn't you say?

I find myself only limited by my own imaginiation. -- Which sometimes seems quite limited sometimes.