Bowie, Crosby Create a Christmas Classic

Forty years ago this holiday season, two iconic, distinctive singers – one America’s greatest pop crooner and the other a much younger British rock innovator – teamed up to produce one of the most popular Christmas duets ever recorded.

The conservatively clad, pipe smoking American was already inextricably linked with Christmas since his 1942 song “White Christmas”, featured in the film Holiday Inn, had topped the pop music charts then for almost 3 months in that year. Meanwhile, the ever-changing Englishman was best known at the time for his portrayal of the strange, androgynous space character Ziggy Stardust he had created for his acclaimed live performances.

But despite their startling differences in style, Bing Crosby and David Bowie combined for one of the most popular Christmas duets ever recorded – their version of “The Little Drummer Boy.”

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