Crosby Christmas Specials


Beginning with appearances alongside their father on The Hollywood Palace Christmas programs—which were naturally reserved for Bing to host—America watched the Crosby children, Harry, Mary Frances and Nathaniel, grow up, and by the 1970s the Crosby family’s annual Christmas specials became staples of family viewing.

These would culminate with something of a milestone in the 1977 entry, when Bing performed a memorable duet of “Peace on Earth”/ “The Little Drummer Boy” with the unlikeliest of singing partners, rocker David Bowie. Thus, a whole new generation of television viewers would remember Bing as the forward-looking septuagenarian who shared microphone and spotlight with the cutting edge of rock music’s 1970s elite.