|On November 30, 1977, shortly after Bing Crosby died, his "Bing Crosby's 42nd Annual Christmas Special" aired. In one segment, Crosby and David Bowie sing Little Drummer Boy. Before the song they discuss music and musicians:
David Bowie: Do you eh... do you like modern music?
Bing Crosby: Oh, I think it's marvellous! Some of it's really fine. But tell me, have you ever listened to any of the older fellows?
DB: Oh yeah, sure. I like ah... John Lennon and the other one with ... eh... Harry Nilsson.
BC: Mmm... you go back that far, uh?
DB: Yeah, I'm not as young as I look.
The segment was filmed September 11, 1977.
Harry Lillis Crosby was born on May 2, 1903, in Tacoma, Washington. He died on October 14, 1977, in Madrid, Spain.
While studying law at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Crosby began singing in a musical group. In 1925, the group moved to Los Angeles, California, and, in the early 1930s, Bing set out on his own. He starred in his own CBS radio show which made him a household name.
Along with other radio stars, he appeared in the feature film Big Broadcast of 1932. His later films included the "road comedies" with Bob Hope.
Crosby won an Oscar for playing a priest in the 1944 film Going My Way.
While playing golf in 1977, Crosby suffered a heart attack and died.