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This Precious Moments "Little Drummer Boy"
was a free coloring page from the internet.
I found a font that I liked and
added the verse from the song.
The stitching area measures about 7x9-inches.
Bing and Bowie:
An Odd Story of Holiday Harmony
By Paul Farhi
Wahington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
One of the most successful duets in Christmas music history - and surely the weirdest-- might never have happened if it weren't for some last-minute musical surgery. David Bowie thought "The Little Drummer Boy" was all wrong for him. So when the producers of Bing Crosby's Christmas TV special asked Bowie to sing it in 1977, he refused.
Just hours before he was supposed to go before the cameras, though, a team of composers and writers frantically retooled the song. They added another melody and new lyrics as a counterpoint to all those pa-rum-pum-pum-pums and called it "Peace on Earth." Bowie liked it. More important, Bowie sang it.
The result was an epic, and epically bizarre, recording in which Davie Bowie, the androgynous Ziggy Stardust, joined in song with none other than Mr. "White Christmas" himself, Bing Crosby.
In the intervening years, the Bowie-Crosby, "Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy," has been transformed from an oddity into a holiday chestnut. You can hear it in heavy rotation on Christmas-music radio stations or see the performance on Internet video sites. First released as a single in 1982, it still sells today --- to add to its quirky afterlife, it's part of an album that's ranked as high as No. 3 on the Canadian charts this month (Dec. '06). How did this almost surreal mash-up of the mainstream and the avant-garde, of cardigan-clad '40s-era crooner and glam rocker, happen?
It almost didn't. Bowie, who was 30 at the time, and Crosby, then 73, recorded the duet September 11, 1977, for Crosby's "Merrie Olde Christmas" TV special. A month later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack. The special was broadcast on CBS about a month after his death.
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plus four MORE 4.5-inch blocks...
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for the quilt pictured below.
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