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 -
On August 19, 1969, the (prime time ABC version of the) Dick Cavett show featured several popular musicians. pt 1
- pt 2
- pt 3
- pt 4
- pt 5
The Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby and Stephen Stills had rushed back from a show they did at a festival. Jimi Hendrix couldn't get back in time, but appeared later
. The third guest, Joni Mitchell, skipped Woodstock to make sure she was on time for this broadcast
, but a month later she wrote a cool song
based on what she saw on TV and heard from friends. [more inside]
posted by msalt
on Dec 7, 2011 -
Crosby Nash 2004
offers voters a new choice in the upcoming November election -- all of the criminal history of David Crosby
combined with the cynicism of Graham Nash
. Says Nash of the Vice-Presidency: "’We’ll have two presidents, and between us we have vice covered." Somehow I don't think Neil Young
posted by denbot
on Jul 22, 2004 -
Dee Dee Ramone
guitarist Robbin Crosby
passed away with 24 hours of eachother last spring. One death, obviously, got way more notice. This recent article
by Chuck Klosterman (author of Fargo Rock City
) looks into the reasons why and, entirely unironically, talks about why Crosby's death was significant. I don't 100% agree with Klosterman here, but he makes some points. Plus it's worth reading simply because it questions some of the underlying assumptions of most modern music writing.
posted by jonmc
on Jan 4, 2003 -