The Bing Crosby and David Bowie track of Little Drummer Boy was recorded on September 11th, 1977 for Bing Crosby’s television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. I’ve just learned that the beautiful Peace on Earth was written specifically for the special. Crosby died 33 days later on October 14th. The show aired on November 30th, 1977 on CBS.
Bowie said he “hated” Little Drummer Boy, so Peace on Earth was penned by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan. The story is that the filming and recording was done with less than a hour’s rehearsal.
David Bowie and Bing Crosby: Little Drummer Boy – Peace on Earth