“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singers and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. This version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.
In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the nativity where, without a gift for the infant Jesus, he played his drum with the Virgin Mary’s approval, remembering “I played my best for Him” and “He smiled at me”.
Stella Stevens (born October 1, 1938) is an American film, television and stage actress, who began her acting career in 1959 and starred in such popular films as The Nutty Professor, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Silencers, The Ballad of Cable Hogue and The Poseidon Adventure.
She has also been a film producer, director and pin-up girl.
Stevens has appeared in many television shows. An early appearance was in the Bonanza episode “Silent Thunder”, playing a deaf mute (the episode aired in December 1960), a role she played with exceptional charm and to critical acclaim. She was a regular on the 1981-82 primetime soap opera Flamingo Road. She teamed with the late Sandy Dennis in a touring production of an all-female version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, playing the Oscar Madison character. She had a contract role on NBC’s daytime drama Santa Barbara as Phyllis Blake from 1989 to 1990. Stevens produced and directed two films, The Ranch (1989) and The American Heroine (1979).