It’s a Christmas pop hit with such ubiquity that hundreds of people have joined a challenge this year to dodge it coming from radios, televisions and choruses this season. Today, we explore the power of The Little Drummer Boy – from its “Carol of the Drum” origins to its ability to bring together David Bowie and Bing Crosby in one very memorable performance. Village Voice music editor Maura Johnston joins us along with challenge founder Michael Peck. Plus, Emmy-winning composer and lyricist Alan "Buz" Kohan joins us to share the story of how the famous David Bowie and Bing Crosby duet of "Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy" came to be.
Watch David Bowie and Bing Crosby's take on "The Little Drummer Boy" from Bing Crosby's 1977 "Merrie Olde Christmas" TV special.