Christmas song with an added counterpoint performed by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. The single saw commercial success upon its release in 1982 and peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The single the little drummer boy pdf one of Bowie’s best selling in his career, with total estimated sales over 400,000 in the UK alone.
The song has since become a Christmas classic in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom and has been referred to by The Washington Post as “one of the most successful duets in Christmas music history”. The track was recorded on September 11, 1977 for Crosby’s television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, which would ultimately prove to be his last. Bowie’s appearance has been described as a “surreal” event, undertaken at a time when he was “actively trying to normalise his career”. He later admitted to having only appeared on the show because “I just knew my mother liked him”.
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, along with songwriter Larry Grossman and the special’s scriptwriter, Buz Kohan, then wrote “Peace on Earth” as a counterpoint to “Little Drummer Boy”. A few days after the taping, Crosby said of Bowie, “clean-cut kid and a real fine asset to the show.
He sings well, has a great voice and reads lines well. In the United Kingdom, the special first aired on December 24, 1977 on ITV. The song was available for some years as a bootleg single backed with “Heroes”, which Bowie had also performed on the TV special. The single debuted on the UK singles chart in November 1982, and climbed to position number three on the chart, boosted by a 12″ picture disc release. The single proved to be one of Bowie’s fastest selling singles, having sales over 250,000 within its first month and being certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry one month after its release. Little Drummer Boy” became a staple on radio stations during the Christmas season.
Little Drummer Boy” on red-colored vinyl in the United States. The single continues to chart in the Christmas season around North America and Europe. In 1998, the single reached a new peak of 2 on the Canadian Singles Chart. Bob Rivers included a parody entitled “Rummy Rocker Boy” on his album More Twisted Christmas, in which a generic heavy metal musician by the name of “Roach” visits a self-admitted “simulation” of Crosby. Craig Kilborn and Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü performed a parody of it on Comedy Central, aired as a short piece between shows during the Christmas season.
In 2001, Anthony Rapp and Everett Bradley performed the song for the compilation album Broadway Cares – Home for the Holidays. Warner Home Music released it as a single on December 8, 2008, and it reached a high of number three in the UK Singles Chart. A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Barack Obama and Joe Biden singing as Crosby and Bowie respectively.
Michael Bublé performed a version of this song. On the podcast Hollywood Babble-On, hosts Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith sing this song each Christmas. Smith sings Crosby’s part, and Garman sings Bowie’s counterpart. Jimmy Fallon and Ricky Gervais performed a portion of the song on the December 9, 2014 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon during the skit “Lip Flip”.
Fallon sang Bowie’s part with Gervais taking Crosby’s part. Mike Lisk did a rendition, taking Bowie and Crosby’s parts respectively. Another version was recorded by Michael Berube and Jennifer Warnes. Bing and Bowie: An Odd Story of Holiday Harmony”. The Story Behind Bowie and Bing’s Offbeat Christmas Classic “. Strange Fascination – David Bowie: The Definitive Story.
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