Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Songs Day 9 - David Bowie and Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'

Day 9 and today I have chosen the beautiful song from David Bowie and Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'.

This is like two songs for the price of one. The old song 'Little Drummer Boy' dating back to the 40's with the additional 'Peace on Earth' added for their duet which was released in 1982. Bing sang the original song, and Bowie sang his new one in duet and the effect is breathtaking.

Recorded in 1977, as part of a Bing Christmas special, it wasn't released as a single until 1982. Sadly, Bing himself died shortly after recording it, so he never got to see how popular and successful their duet would prove to be and how it has endured.

As a single, this song reached number 3 on the UK singles chart, but it has since featured in Christmas compilations and Christmas charts from then until now, and probably will always. This is another song with longevity.

Unlike some other Christmas numbers that are fun and upbeat, this one is calm and beautiful and melodic. Something about the combination of two such different and yet uniquely gifted and talented artists from such different scenes and generations stands this apart from the rest.

So there we have my choice for day number 9. Here are the previous ones:

Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

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