Bing Crosby is something of the unofficial "classic voice of the Christmas season," but his most popular piece in recent years is the unlikely duet from 1977, the same year he passed away. The Washington Post provides the odd story of holiday harmony
, how David Bowie joined Crosby at the piano for their duet, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy"
. If you like the classics, here's some Bing over the years: a fan-made abbreviation
of Frank Sinatra's Christmas Show
from 1957, Bing sings "White Christmas"
in 1961, Bing & Kathryn Crosby take you on a trip to "Christmas Island"
from his 1971 Crosby family special
, and from his final Christmas special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas
, Bing and Twiggy singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
If you'd like a full period piece, here's an all-star 1958 USO Christmas show
(program history and overview
). If that's all a bit too sweet for you, let Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, June Carter-Cash, Jessi Colter, John Carter-Cash, and more regale you in the Christmas On The Road TV Special
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 15, 2013 -
"Oh, show us the way, to the next whiskey-bar. Oh, don't ask why, oh, don't ask why." And so opens the Alabama Song
(Google books preview) by Bertholt Brecht and Brecht's close collaborator, Elisabeth Hauptmann
(Gbp), first published in 1927. Brecht set it to music and performed it on stages all over Berlin, but the better known version was scored by classical composer Kurt Weill, who was impressed with Brecht’s poetry and wanted to break away from the constraints of his previous work
. It was this version, first performed by Lotte Lenya
, that was made famous by The Doors
and their use of a Marxophone
). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 13, 2013 -
The Hitmaker is Nile Rodgers' 1959 Fender Stratocaster. Last week, he left it on a train in NYC. (Warning: Autoplaying great music)
Legendary Producer/Writer/Guitarist Nile Rodgers writes on his blog about the near-loss of one of the most famous instruments in music - "The Hitmaker," also known as the "World's Most Successful Guitar
," which Rodgers played on hits by everyone from Chic, David Bowie, Madonna and Duran Duran to Daft Punk. Oh, yeah, and that's The Hitmaker playing the funky riff sampled on Rapper's Delight, too. From a previous
MeFi post, here's Nile Rodgers talking about music and, starting at the 55:40
mark, playing The Hitmaker and demonstrating some of the most famous riffs ever played. [more inside]
posted by The World Famous
on Oct 15, 2013 -
There have been a few misconceptions about the Bowie securitizations over the years. I’ll try to describe, in relatively plain English, what happened.
posted by rollick
on Sep 6, 2013 -
With fans struggling to come to terms with David Bowie's musical hiatus and likely retirement
, any new Bowie-related material has been eagerly pursued. Last year, the leak of the unreleased album Toy
) slaked the thirst of those needing a Bowie fix. Last week, an unauthorized preview of another Bowie project emerged— Bowie: Object
. First announced in 2010
, the book features 100 objects from Bowie's archive, with text written by the man himself.
posted by kimdog
on Apr 25, 2012 -
...there’s some desperation to this junk version of “Dancing in the Street,” with both parties trying to affirm their A-1 celebrity status. One of the more pernicious effects of the whole Live Aid/Farm Aid/Band Aid spectacle was to cement the hierarchy of the “legend” rock acts and a smaller tier of anointed successors from the slightly-younger generation (Tom Petty, Sting, Dire Straits, U2). It was the height of the Boomer Counter-Reformation. The late Eighties would see the over-publicized returns of everyone from Steve Winwood to the Monkees to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to a revamped George Harrison to a MOR version of Pink Floyd to Robbie Robertson pretending that he was Peter Gabriel (a version of Gabriel who couldn’t sing) to an all-star Yes and a Zeppelin-sampling Robert Plant, culminating in the return of the “revitalized” Stones in 1989, the touring company now reincorporated into a gleaming multinational. As Marcello Carlin said back when Popular covered this single: “Suddenly we were once again reminded who in pop and rock mattered and who didn’t…With their massacre of “Dancing In The Street,” Bowie and Jagger seemed to relish rubbing it in.“
-The Annotated Jagger/Bowie "Dancing in the Street"
posted by anazgnos
on Jan 17, 2012 -
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy with Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly. Well, right or wrong they sing
posted by punkfloyd
on Dec 14, 2010 -
Wow, what a life for Dana Gillespie
. At 14 she was British junior national water-skiing champion. At 15 she was dating
classmate David Bowie
, who taught her guitar
. Had bit parts in movies
by 16. She dated Donovan
for a little while, and Jimmy Page produced and played
on her first album. She went on to a long string of starring roles in London's West End. She has devoted the latter part of her life to the blues
, hosting an annual blues festival on the island of Mustique, recently featuring fellow Mustiquian Mick Jagger. And if all that weren't enough, she has also released several albums in Sanskrit under the moniker Third Man
, devoted to the years she spent living in India. Allah Ho Akhbar
posted by puny human
on Oct 27, 2010 -
The Music of Jacques Brel
is an article by music journalist Amy Hanson about the career of pop music legend Jacques Brel and his effect on popular music in the English language. A lot of songs and covers are mentioned in the article, below the cut are links to the songs that I could find videos of online. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 6, 2010 -
was a 1981 German film that portrayed the life of young heroin addicts growing up in 1970's Berlin. Notable for the collaboration of David Bowie, the film became well known
for its realistic portrayal of drug use. [more inside]
posted by panboi
on Jun 29, 2008 -
The great Nat Tate hoax.
9 years ago, writer William Boyd
and singer David Bowie
(easily two of the coolest persons alive) joined forces to perpetrate one of the most elaborate art hoaxes to date: the "rediscovery" of Nat Tate, American Artist. A Boyd-penned biography
was bombastically presented in Jeff Koons'
gallery (who wasn't in on the joke)...to be enthusiastically lapped up by NYC's glitteratti. If only they had bothered to check the date...
posted by Skeptic
on Apr 1, 2007 -
Want to know where David Bowie was on a given day between 1974 and 1980? Now you can find out
posted by cedar
on Feb 9, 2005 -