Sunday, September 11, 2016

This Day in Pop Culture: September 11, 1977

Bing Crosby and David Bowie sang together on September 11, 1977.
Bing Crosby and David Bowie Record Together
One of the oddest pairings in music history began on this day in 1977. David Bowie agreed to appear on Bing Crosby’s Christmas special. It is not clear if either star knew who the other was. The plan was to have the two chat about their family Christmas celebrations and then sing “The Little Drummer Boy,” but Bowie said that he hated that song and asked if he could sing something else. Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan wrote “Peace on Earth” on the spot as a counterpoint and the pair recorded the song within an hour. Crosby died only weeks later never to know how popular the song had become.