The Little Drummer Boy is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers and realised on the choirs first LP Christmas with the Trapp Family Singers and these were the first recordings released on their new record label Decca Records and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. This version was re-released successfully for years and the song has been recorded many times since. The song was originally titled Carol of the Drum and was published by Davis as based upon a traditional Czech carol and it is headed Czech Carol freely transcribed by K. K. D, these initials then deleted and replaced with C. R. W. Robinson, a name under which Davis sometimes published, the Czech original of the carol has never been identified. In 1957 it was recorded, with an altered arrangement. Simeone and Onorati claimed joint composition credits with Davis, the album and the song were an enormous success, the single scoring on the U. S. music charts from 1958 to 1962. In 1963, the album was reissued under the title The Little Drummer Boy, A Christmas Festival, the following year the album was released in stereo. In 1988, The Little Drummer Boy, A Christmas Festival was released on CD by Casablanca Records, and subsequently, on Island Records. Harry Simeone, who in 1964 had signed with Kapp Records, recorded a new version of The Little Drummer Boy in 1965 for his album O Bambino, Simeone recorded the song a third and final time in 1981, for an album on the budget Holiday Records label. The story depicted in the song is similar to a 12th-century legend retold by Anatole France as Le Jongleur de Notre Dame. The Crusaders released their version of the song as a single, jackie Evancho covered the song with Il Volo on her album Someday at Christmas In Spanish speaking countries it is a common carol recorded under the name El niño del tambor or El tamborilero. One of the better known cover versions of the song is sung by Spanish singer Raphael, in French speaking countries since Nana Mouskouri 1965 version it is a common song recorded under the name Lenfant au tambour. A Punjabi version was recorded under the name Drummer Boy - Kich Ke in 2014 by Canadian YouTube sensation Jus Reign for his Geeta Brothers Presents - Punjabi Christmas Album. The Finnish band Northern Kings recorded a version with Finnish lyrics, entitled Pieni Rumpali, in 2015, Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko, who sang on the Raskasta Joulua version, and Apocalyptica cellist Eicca Toppinen collaborated to record another version. The Little Drummer Boy at Keyframe - the Animation Resource The Little Drummer Boy at the Internet Movie Database Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
K.K. Davis' "The Little Drummer Boy" was first recorded in 1951 as "Carol of the Drum"
Modern-day "Little Drummer Boy" reenactment actor, from the show "Data-Driven Drumming."