Little Drummer Boy was written in 1941, to a tune based on an unidentified Czech carol, and was originally released by the Trapp Family Singers on their 1952 album Christmas With The Trapp Family Singers. It tells the story of a poor boy who is taken to see the baby Jesus by the Three Kings but doesn’t have a present to give so plays a tune on his drum. This version is based on the version by David Bowie and Bing Crosbie, that was recorded in 1977 for the TV special Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas that was first broadcast shortly after Bing‘s death, and includes the song Peace on Earth, in counterpoint, that was writter specially for this performance. This rendition starts as an a cappella performance of the song, with the sisters providing all the voices, and the accompaniment slowly joins in, including the now obligatory snare drum, and really kicks up a notch when the Peace on Earth portion starts, ending as a truly amazing piece of music that will send chills through your spine.
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