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David Bowie and Bing Crosby's "Little Drummer Boy" Duet. The Most Beautiful Song Ever Written...
RIP David Bowie. The man was a game-changer for modern music. Both in style and substance, the landscape of Rock'N'Roll will forever be a different, and arguably more thoughtful place because of David Bowie. Such an incredible catalogue from which to choose, it's hard to pick just one to post in honor of him.
But for me, it was an easy pick. I truly believe that this version of "Little Drummer Boy" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written/performed. Yes, that includes Beethoven, Mozart... and Meatloaf.
The song was a rare collaboration of old and young. Classic and modern, meeting, in one of life's rare moments, to create perfect harmony. Even more interesting is the story behind the video.
It almost didn't. Bowie, who was 30 at the time, and Crosby, then 73, recorded the duet Sept. 11, 1977, for Crosby's "Merrie Olde Christmas" TV special. A month later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack. The special was broadcast on CBS about a month after his death.
... Just hours before he was supposed to go before the cameras, though, a team of composers and writers frantically retooled the song. They added another melody and new lyrics as a counterpoint to all those pah-rumpa-pum-pums and called it "Peace on Earth." Bowie liked it. More important, Bowie sang it.
I've been a fan of David Bowie for quite some time. Here's an homage to his famous "Changes" that I did with Chris Loesch not too long ago during the "Occupy" protests.