“The Little Drummer Boy” is one of the most popular Christmas tunes. Also known as “Carol of the Drum,” the famous Christmas song was written by American classical music composer and teacher Katerine Kennicott Davis in 1941.
According to Wikipedia, the song was first recorded ten years later by the Trapp Family Singers but became popular after the Harry Simeone Chorale recorded it in 1958.
The song is about a poor drummer boy who was summoned by the Magi to be present for the birth of Jesus Christ. The drummer poor couldn’t afford a gift for the baby Christ so, at the request of the Jesus’s mother, the Virgin Mary, he played his drum for the baby.
“I played my best for him,” the lyrics go. “He smiled at me.”
Since then it’s been covered countless time since the 50s by artists like Bing Crosby, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, and the Jackson 5.
More recently, the song was covered by Jackie Evancho and Il Volo.
Jackie Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who has been singing since she was young and was inspired after seeing the musical The Phantom of the Opera. She entered her first musical competition when she was just 8-years-old.
You may remember her from the fifth season of America’s Got Talent where she sang so well that some thought she was lip-synching. She has recorded seven albums, including a platinum and gold album.