David Bowie & Bing Crosby ‎– Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy

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This recording originally existed as a bootleg single, backed with "Heroes" which Bowie also performed on the 30 November 1977 TV special "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas". Bowie had reservations about singing "Little Drummer Boy", so Ian Fraser, songwriter Larry Grossman, and show scriptwriter Buz Kohan set about arranging the Katherine K. Davis song "Peace on Earth" as a counterpoint for Bowie to sing as a duet with Crosby. Bowie & Crosby recorded it together at Elstree Studios on 11 September 1977. Sadly, Crosby died shortly before the show was aired.

RCA issued the recording as an official single in 1982, complete with the dialogue and supported by a 12" release. "Fantastic Voyage" from the "Lodger" album is on the B-side. This single reached #3 on the UK charts.

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David Bowie & Bing Crosby Peace On Earth
David Bowie & Bing Crosby Little Drummer Boy
David Bowie Fantastic Voyage

Versions (33)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BOW 12, PB 13400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono, 4-P) RCA, RCA BOW 12, PB 13400 UK 1982 Sell This Version
45-100 David Bowie, Bing Crosby David Bowie, Bing Crosby - Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth) / Heroes(7", P/Unofficial) B & B Records (4) 45-100 US 1978 Sell This Version
45-100 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth) / Heroes(7", Single, Unofficial, Red) B & B Records (4) 45-100 US 1978 Sell This Version
BOWT 12 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(12", Single, Mono, Ltd) RCA BOWT 12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
X-MAS 82 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", S/Sided, Promo) RCA X-MAS 82 Benelux 1982 Sell This Version
PB 3400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA Victor PB 3400 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
PB-3400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA PB-3400 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
PB 3400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA, RCA Victor PB 3400 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
PH-13400, BOW 12 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA, RCA PH-13400, BOW 12 US 1982 Sell This Version
PB 3400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA PB 3400 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
104076 David Bowie And Bing Crosby David Bowie And Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA Victor 104076 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
PB 3400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA PB 3400 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version
PH-13400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono) RCA PH-13400 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
PH-13400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono) RCA PH-13400 US 1982 Sell This Version
RPS-97, PH-13400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono) RCA, RCA RPS-97, PH-13400 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
BOW 12, PB 13400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono) RCA, RCA BOW 12, PB 13400 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
BOW 12 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono, 4-P) RCA BOW 12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BOW 12(PRO) David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono, Promo) RCA BOW 12(PRO) UK 1982 Sell This Version
JV-13400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono, Promo) RCA JV-13400 US 1982 Sell This Version
RPS-97 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono, Promo) RCA RPS-97 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
BOW 12 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Mono, Sol) RCA BOW 12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
PB 3400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Promo) RCA PB 3400 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
PB 3400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single, Promo) RCA PB 3400 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
PB03400, PB 03400 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(7", Single) RCA, Polygram Discos SARL PB03400, PB 03400 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
VRCD 0218 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(CD, Single, Promo, Ltd) Rykodisc VRCD 0218 USA & Canada 1993 Sell This Version
OGL 85001-2 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(CD, Single, Enh) Oglio Records OGL 85001-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
CD 550350 Bing Crosby & David Bowie Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)(CD, Maxi) SBF Records CD 550350 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
CD 550350 Bing Crosby & David Bowie Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)(CD, Maxi) SBF Records CD 550350 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
OGL 85001-2 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy(CD, Single, Enh) Oglio Records OGL 85001-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
CCM2163 Bing Crosby & David Bowie Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth(7", Single, Ltd, Red) Collectors' Choice Music CCM2163 US 2010 Sell This Version
45-100 Bowie* & Bing* Bowie* & Bing* - Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth) / Heroes(7", Single, Promo, Unofficial) B & B Records (4) 45-100 Unknown Sell This Version
45-100 (B-1), 45-100 (B-2) Bing* & Bowie* / Bowie* Bing* & Bowie* / Bowie* - Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth) / Heroes(7", Single, Unofficial, Cle) B & B Records (4), B & B Records (4) 45-100 (B-1), 45-100 (B-2) Unknown Sell This Version
OGL 85001-2 David Bowie & Bing Crosby David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy(CD, Single, Enh, RE, RP) Oglio Records OGL 85001-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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k-o-r

k-o-r

April 7, 2016
referencing Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy, 7", Single, PB 3400
According to http://www.kayana.de/kayana-meditieren-in-Hamburg-Z.20.0.html "Katja Tiefel" was working for 9 years in the promotion department of RCA in Cologne.
fonzie9

fonzie9

July 18, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy, CD, Single, Enh, RE, RP, OGL 85001-2
My copy of the CD is exactly the same as this: http://www.discogs.com/David-Bowie-Bing-Crosby-Peace-On-Earth-Little-Drummer-Boy/release/5814784, except for the matrix/SID: 141839-4W1-8300-R ** OGL85001RE1**. Mould IFPI2010, Mastering code differs too but is unreadable, that small. Can anyone shed light on this? Should I make a new entry for it?