The first time I saw this video years ago I hated it. Such an odd pairing to sing a Christmas classic (my Mom’s favorite by the way) did not do a thing for me. Fast forward a number of years later and today I love it. “Little Drummer Boy” was written back in 1941 while the part David Bowie sings “Peace on Earth” was written specifically for this song. My understanding is Bowie did not want to sing “Little Drummer Boy” so songwriters Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman and Alan Kohan composed the “Peace on Earth” tune and lyrics for Bowie to sing.
The song was part of Bing Crosby’s 1977 Christmas special and was recorded September 11th of that year. Sadly Crosby died just a few weeks after the recording on October 14th. Enjoy.