Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is credited as being the biggest-selling single worldwide of all time, according to Guinness World Records.
First performed on Crosby’s radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day of 1941, the song has since sold at least 50 million copies. Combining themes of nostalgia and holiday joy, the track is a staple of the holidays period, having been played by countless families for more than 75 years. Now, however, thanks to the power of technology, we get to experience it in a brand-new way.
Using holographic technology, singer Michael Bublé, managed to orchestrate a duet of “White Christmas’ with Crosby.
In his day, Crosby was an incredibly beloved man. The American singer and actor was the first multimedia star, being a leader in terms of record, radio, and motion picture grosses for more than 20 years (1931 to 1954).
In 1948, American polls deemed him the “most admired man alive”— with Crosby beating out contenders like Jackie Robinson and Pius XII, the pope at the time. With his velvety voice and intimate singing style, Crosby influenced many male singers that followed him, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Bublé.
Bublé has long credited Crosby for his interest in jazz. He remembers being 5 years old when he heard his parents play Crosby’s “White Christmas” and immediately fell in love. So, for Bublé, this experience was more than just a Christmas performance— it was a lifelong dream.
The performance was a part of Bublé’s Home for the Holidays NBC Christmas special.
The feature was Bublé’s second Christmas special— but it would definitely be the most special to date. The night featured appearances from Sesame Street‘s Elmo, and performers Carly Rae Jepsen, Rod Stewart, and Blake Shelton. But when Bing Crosby appeared onstage, the audience was completely blown away.
Standing center stage beside Bublé, Crosby initiates a new rendition in an almost unbelievable way.
Bing’s soulful voice is like a blast to the past as Bublé sings proudly behind him. Together, they’re the perfect match, blending seamlessly into a comforting sound. The two are pure magic— and the performance, a special blend of modern technique and old-school style.
Although the world has lost a great man like Bing Crosby, it’s amazing that his voice can live on through performances like this one. He’s likely looking down fondly, smiling in praise.
Since being uploaded, the incredible duet has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
And once you see it for yourself, it’s easy to understand why!
“Wow! You knocked me out. I didn’t know how much this little piece of music still a part of my old soul until the tears started. Thanks to all parties involved.”
“I thought this might be ‘tacky’ but it was actually a very classy and respectful production. Glad I watched it!”
“Buble almost looks like he’s overwhelmed singing next to Bing. His eyes are watering. This is the closest thing to a time machine we have folks. Very cool.”
“WOW! This is when technology is at its best.”
Watch the duet below!
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