Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunday Night Music.....Day 7 of Christmas Music


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Snow and Wind....high of 18 today,that was the HIGH....and winds brought it down to 5- 8 ...tropical...lovely...I went to work...worked extra....froze my fanny off...but now I am home eating ice cream ( to battle a really rotten cold).....a older fella at work...was singing the song below...and at the same time he said " hey, do you remember when David Bowie and Bing Crosby sang this ? " I laughed and said, it seemed like it was only yesterday....but it was 1977....

" Little Drummer Boy".....Bing does not look thrilled...and funny to realize that David Bowie really is such a talented singer, I wonder if that was what made Bing uncomfortable ? ( don't you wish that Bowie had offered him a joint ? might have been so interesting...either way, beautiful song....)

7 comments:

DCup said...

I remember watching this when I was a kid!

enigma4ever said...

I am going to check the date...the guy at work said it was 1977....But I thought it was earlier....I thought I was a kid when I saw it too....( David Bowie looks Sooooo young...)

Great to see you....love your new photo....

D.K. Raed said...

My teeth are chattering just THINKING about a high of 18!

This is the ONLY version of The Little Drummer Boy I can listen to. Mid-late '70's sounds right to me. Much earlier & Bowie would've still been in his glam rock stage.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

i hate the snow, but i do miss them old school xmas specials

Ingrid said...

well, I better not make any smartass comments about the weather 'here'..ehem..
as for that song..I loved it when I was a kid, (yes dearest Dcup, for real, ha! lol)
seriously though, David Bowie is quite 'unique' in that he's always been able to reinvent himself and I do think he himself has got an eclectic taste..
We (the family and I) went to see our monthly free kids film at Austin's Alama drafthouse (a movie theater, but there is draft to be gotten in the theater[g]) and watched Labyrinth..he looked only a little older than here in the vid..
Get well soon, I was just thinking that our not so cold weather has effected the cold/flu season (knock on wood!!) as last year this time it was horrendous (also since they guessed the wrong flu type) and now so far so good ([knockingknocking])
get well soon Allie..
hugs

Ingrid

enigma4ever said...

Torrance...
I got tired of snow and cold weeks ago- I am with you !!!, but I love the old Christmas Specials and Song...Charlie Brown is on tonight...
;-)


Ingrid...
Oh, don't mind me- I am just whining...I will be fine...just need to drink more tea and coco ;-)
I had no idea that he was in that- I need to see that....
thanks friend...hope all is well down there...
;-)

enigma4ever said...

yeah it as really 1977:::

Per Wiki::::
The track was originally recorded on 11 September 1977 for Crosby's 1977 television special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas. The pair exchanged dialogue about what they do for Christmas before singing the traditional song, "Little Drummer Boy", with a new counterpoint with original lyrics written for the special, "Peace on Earth". Bowie's appearance has been described as a "surreal" event, undertaken at a time that he was "actively trying to normalise his career".[2] He has since recalled that he only appeared on the show because "I just knew my mother liked him."[3] Crosby would die just over a month after recording the special, which aired on 30 November 1977.
According to co-writer Ian Fraser, Bowie balked at singing "Little Drummer Boy". "I hate this song. Is there something else I could sing?" Fraser recalls Bowie telling him. Fraser, along with songwriter Larry Grossman and the special's scriptwriter, Buz Kohan, then wrote "Peace on Earth" as a counterpoint to "Little Drummer Boy". Crosby performed "Little Drummer Boy", while Bowie sang the new tune "Peace on Earth".[1]
[edit]Release

The song was available for some years as a bootleg single backed with "Heroes",[4] which Bowie had also performed on the TV special. In 1982, RCA issued the recording as an official single, complete with the dialogue, arbitrarily placing "Fantastic Voyage" from the Lodger album on the B-side. Bowie was unhappy with this move, which further soured his strained relationship with RCA, and he left the label soon after.[3] The single would climb to #3 on the UK charts, boosted by a 12" picture disc release, and has since become a perennial on British Christmas compilation albums, with the TV sequence also a regular on UK nostalgia shows.