Now these songs aren’t really festive favourites of mine, but this performance from Bing Crosby’s 1977 show “Bing’s Merry Olde Christmas” ensures it a place in my chart.
For David Bowie this appearance on a traditional Christmas special was a chance to “normalise” his career, increasing his American fanbase. For Bing Crosby this was one of his last recorded performances, he passed away just over a month before it was broadcast on November 30, 1977. The performance could appear stilted if it wasn’t for the acting ability, and comic talent that both stars have. They take what could be a cringeworthy studio sequence and turn it into a funny (but still cringeworthy) studio sequence.
So grit your teeth, and brace yourself to enjoy the surreal experience that is Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy: