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The Story Behind David Bowie's Unlikely Christmas Duet with Bing Crosby

11 January 2016 3:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In the long list of David Bowie's collaborators - Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Trent Reznor, TV on the Radio - there's one slightly odd standout: Bing Crosby. And the pair's duet on "Little Drummer Boy" for the 1977 TV special Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas has indeed become something of an outlier in Bowie's career, landing as it did in the middle of Bowie's particularly strange - even for him - late '70s run, that found him making stark, groundbreaking albums like Low while sequestered in Berlin. The clip usually pops up around Christmas every year as part of All-Things-Bowie Internet round-ups, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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