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 -
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 -
"40 years ago, in millions of living room across the British Isles, a strange alien creature was beamed on to our television screens. With bright red hair and multicolored spacesuit, his unearthly appearance shocked the nation. But for many teenagers who experienced this televisual visitation, he would change their lives forever." Jarvis Cocker narrates the BBC Four documentary, David Bowie -- The Story of Ziggy Stardust
posted by Room 641-A
on May 30, 2013 -
"There are reasons why this film is obscure. It is, in the most charitable possible evaluation, a mess: Bowie has described it as "my 32 Elvis films rolled into one." And yet life on that ever-dwindling island of not-on-region-one DVD films is a harsh fate for any film and particularly for this one, which is at least as interesting as its cast suggests and a good deal more. You don't need to dig out the VHS player to watch Mick Jagger run an agency of gigolos in The Man From Elysian Fields—you shouldn't have to do so to watch Bowie play one. " David Bowie's Lost 70s-era Weimar Berlin Movie: Just a Gigalo.
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 2, 2013 -
Along with the endless myriad of remixes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood was known for their b-sides. Beginning with Ferry 'Cross The Mersey
, a b-side to the single Relax (snippets of which are included on the Welcome To The Pleasuredome album), they consistently showed their humor and talent through non-album tracks. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Aug 26, 2012 -
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 -
Silly old Grace Jones is, what, now -- 62?
You remember her. Yeah, but how about recalling this -- her 'Walking in the Rain
'? Remember that?
Just a copy, a bad one. Of a bad song
, by eighties New Wave droners Flash and the Pan
Yecch. Songwriter? Diminutive George Young, there with the Chinese eyes and cigar. Born in Scotland, he was taken with music and especially the British invasion when he was a teen.
Earlier, he was a guitarist for the mid-sixties group The Easybeats, who recorded an absolute classic, 'Friday on My Mind
,' which he co-wrote. He's still the short one there, incidentally. David Bowie famously covered it, on Pin-ups
Anyway, his folks moved to Australia while he was still in his teens, which in parts explains why the Easybeats are considered the greatest sixties group from 'down under
.' Hey, who knew?
And who knew this?
George's little brothers did even better
than he did
, Rock n' Roll
posted by toma
on Jul 3, 2010 -
"Having vaulted from the fringes of pop culture into the mainstream after a newly atomic America became obsessed with films about mutants and aliens, SF literature matured and flowered throughout the '60s and beyond, just as rock 'n' roll did the same. It was inevitable that the two would mix.
posted by gman
on Jun 23, 2010 -