Carol of the Drum was first published by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941 and was based upon a traditional Czech carol, which has never been identified. It wasn’t until 1957 when Harry Simeone retitled it The Little Drummer Boy.
Over the years there have been, like with other Christmas songs, multiple covers by many different artists, some of which are more known than others. There is a customary cover by Bing Crosby as well as versions by The Supremes, New Kids on the Block and even The Wiggles.
The three versions I’d like to share with you today are three rather different styles. I was going to share the traditional song, but I’m sure you all know what to expect from that.
Jars of Clay
Metal Xmas (warning: an annotation on the video has swearing in it)