WATCH: The Time Bing Crosby, David Bowie United for ‘Little Drummer Boy’ Rendition

by Jonathan Howard

I don’t know about you Outsiders, but Christmas without Bing Crosby isn’t Christmas at all. But did you know he sang alongside David Bowie back in the day?

As part of Crosby’s last Christmas special in 1977, Bing and Bowie got together for a very special duet. Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas was very well put together. It had a great festive set and some wonderful guests. At the time, this was the best of the present with the best of the past.

Bowie stops by and starts talking with Crosby about the season. After chatting it up for a couple of minutes, the two “realize” they are both singers. So, they fiddle through some sheet music briefly and start belting out Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth. An absolute classic and this rendition might find its way into my yearly playlist.

Check out the video below and get ready to go back over 40 years. What a gift from the past.

Now, when you say David Bowie and Bing Crosby, not many people would think of that as an obvious duet. However, this one is just perfect. My favorite part is when Bowie says he had taken “a go at White Christmas.” Crosby responds by saying, “Oh, you too, huh?”

These two are two of the biggest stars in their respective generations. Sadly, the world is without either one of them today. Despite passing on to the other side, both Bowie and Bing have left a wealth of memories and art for fans to enjoy.

Bing Crosby. David Bowie. Does it get better than this when it comes to unlikely duets?

Bing Crosby, ‘White Christmas’, and Traditions

When you talk about post-WWII Hollywood, music, and entertainment, Bing Crosby should come to mind immediately. The singer/actor/do-it-all renaissance man left a huge mark on the world of entertainment. This time of year is a big reminder of just how talented he was.

White Christmas, both the movie and album that Bing starred in and popularized make the season what it is. If you don’t catch at least a little bit of the holiday film or listen to a few tracks from the album, then did you really celebrate Christmas? There are few that have measured up to his performances of White Christmas and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. A class of his own when it comes to those songs.

Bing Crosby was the Christmas season for many years while he was alive. His work had an amazing influence on singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and more. What makes that video of him with David Bowie even more special was the fact that Crosby passed that same year. He wouldn’t see Christmas of 1977, but the memories, music, and more that he gave us will live on for many more lifetimes.