Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The piece was recorded in September of 1977, and appeared on Bing Crosby's "Merrie Olde Christmas" special that year. Apparently, Bing's children were big Bowie fans, so David was asked to appear on the show and sing "Little Drummer Boy" with Bing.
There are two things that strike me each time I watch this clip. First, is the mutual respect each of these men show to each other. David Bowie, who was 30 when this was filmed, happily performs the opening corny lines with ease, and Bing, 77, does a great job at poking fun at his age and passing star power. I think it's truly lovely. Second, is how beautifully their voices compliment each other. It's easy to understand why it's such a timeless hit.
I apologize for the short commercial you have to watch before the clip begins, but I promise it's worth it! Enjoy!
Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Duet
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