Bing Crosby Archive / Collector's Choice
Backed by the 1953 Bing Crosby / Ella Fitzgerald duet of 'White Christmas' on the vinyl, the track was originally recorded and taped for the Bing Crosby final special, 'Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas.'
Trickling piano keys and tumbling drumming open the track, as Crosby and Bowie sing the first verse of 'The Little Drummer Boy' in unison. By the second verse, Bowie branches off, soaring on 'Peace on Earth,' while Crosby continues delivering baritone drummer syllables.
The duet -- which was taped just five weeks before Bing's death in 1977 -- will be included on the forthcoming DVD release, 'Bing Crosby: The Television Specials -- Volume Two,' also available Nov. 9. The two-disc collection also includes Bing's first holiday special, his first color special and Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas from 1971.
The Bing / Bowie duet will also be included on the upcoming 19-track album, 'Bing Crosby: The Crosby Christmas Sessions,' which will feature 10 previously unreleased Yuletide recordings.
To hear the iconic 'The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth' duet, head over to AOL Radio's Holiday Classics station.