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Performer: Various
Title: A Very Special Christmas
Country: US
Released: 2013
Category: Rock / Funk, Soul / Folk, Country
Rating: 4.3 ✦

A Very Special Christmas is the first in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit the Special Olympics. The album was released in mid-October 1987, and production was overseen by Jimmy Iovine for A&M Records. A Very Special Christmas has raised millions of dollars for the Special Olympics. The cover artwork was designed by Keith Haring.

A Very Special Christmas. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may head you toward the dance floor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting.

A Very Special Christmas" - Various Artists. U2 Related Content: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" (Studio Version) - U2 (02:21). I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas – Bon Jovi (4:26). Background Information. A Very Special Christmas was the first in a line of Christmas albums with proceeds from the sales of the albums going to benefit Special Olympics. The first album was overseen by Jimmy Iovine for A&M Records. The A Very Special Christmas album was originally designed as a memorial tribute to Iovine’s late father.

A Very Special Christmas has been added to your Cart. When was the last time you heard collard greens being sung about in a Christmas song? Probably never, unless you're a Run DMC fan, or were wise enough to hop on the Very Special Christmas tip. The rappers' contribution to this benefit collection is probably the highlight, although traditional songs covered by now-traditional artists like the Pretenders ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") provide the majority of the material here. Great Christmas album but note the song listings: the original album (cassette tape) including Bon Jovi singing "Backdoor Santa"; later pressings replaced this song with a different Bon Jovi song.

A Very Special Christmas is the first in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit Special Olympics. A Very Special Christmas has also raised millions of dollars for the Special Olympics. On later pressings of the album, "Back Door Santa" was replaced with "I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas", also by Bon Jovi. Also, on later pressings of the album, a spoken introduction on The Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", presumably by a young child, was omitted. Various artists chronology. A Very Special Christmas (1987). A Very Special Christmas 2 (1992).

More Albums by Various Artists. A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth. Artist: Various Artists. Release Number: Release Date

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1 John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Backing Vocals – May Pang, The Harlem Community ChoirDrums, Bells – Jim KeltnerEngineer – Roy CicalaGuitar – Chris Osbourne, Hugh McCracken, Stuart Scharf, Teddy IrwinPiano, Chimes, Glockenspiel – Nicky HopkinsProducer – Phil SpectorVocals, Guitar, Producer – John LennonVocals, Producer – Yoko OnoWritten-By – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
2 Rod Stewart Featuring Dave Koz Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Bass – Chuck BerghoferGuitar – Dean ParksMixed By – Jochem van der SaagPercussion – Matt O'Connor Producer, Arranged By, Strings [Arrangement], Horns [Arrangement], Piano – David FosterSaxophone – Jeff DriskillSaxophone [Solo] – Dave KozStrings [Arrangement], Horns [Arrangement], Trumpet – Chris WaldenTrombone – Bob McChesneyWritten-By – Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
3 Sting I Saw Three Ships
Flute – Mickey Sumner*Keyboards – Dave HartleyProducer, Engineer, Mixed By – Simon OsborneVocals – StingWritten-By – Traditional
4 Aretha Franklin Winter Wonderland
Producer – Clyde OtisVocals – Aretha FranklinWritten-By – Dick Smith , Felix Bernard
5 Josh Groban It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Arranged By – Sarah Michael Foster*Guitar – Dean ParksOrchestrated By – Bill Ross*Piano – Josh GrobanProducer, Arranged By – David FosterVocals [Choir] – Andrea Jones, Angela Fisher, Brandon Winbush, Courtney Blooding, Esther Austin, James Burney, Keith Allen , Kurt Lykes, Nita Hutton*, Richard Page, Richard Redd, Shawntae JacksonWritten-By – Traditional
6 Jon Bon Jovi Please Come Home For Christmas
Backing Vocals – Sir Harry Bowens*, Sweet Pea AtkinsonBass – Richard RuseDrums – Gregg BissonetteEngineer – Obie O'Brien, Phil Kaffel, Thom PanunzioEngineer [Assistant] – Brian Schueble*Guitar – Don Felder, Tim PierceKeyboards – Benmont TenchMixed By – Mick GuzauskiProducer – Jimmy IovineProduction Manager [Coordinator] – Lesley TaminelliWritten-By – Charles Brown, Gene Redd
7 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers ChristmasAll Over Again
Acoustic Guitar – Jimmy Rip, Kevin Dukes, Robbie Blunt, Todd SharpBass [Six-String] – Scott ThurstonDrums – Jim Keltner, Stan LynchElectric Guitar – Tim PierceEngineer – Phil Kaffel, Thom PanunzioEngineer [Assistant] – Brian Schueble*Engineer, Mixed By, Backing Vocals – Richard DoddHarp – Gayle LevantHarpsichord – Mitchell FroomMarimba – Efrain ToroPercussion – Brad Dutz, Phil Jones Piano – Benmont TenchProducer – Jimmy IovineProducer [Coordinator] – Lesley Taminelli, Susie TallmanProducer, Bass, Bells, Timpani, Backing Vocals – Jeff LynneProducer, Twelve-String Guitar [Electric], Bass – Mike CampbellSaxophone – Joel Peskin, Marty Krystall, Mike Turre*, Phil KenzieSynthesizer – Scott Humphrey Written-By, Producer, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Tom Petty
8 Sheryl Crow Run Rudolph Run
Guitar – Mike CampbellGuitar, Vocals – Sheryl CrowKeyboards – Benmont TenchWritten-By – Johnny Marks, Marvin Brodie
9 Elvis Presley Blue Christmas
Backing Vocals – Millie Kirkham, The JordanairesDouble Bass – Bill Black Drums – D.J. FontanaElectric Guitar – Scotty MooreOrgan – Hoyt HawkinsPiano – Dudley Brooks, Gordon StokerVocals – Elvis PresleyWritten-By – Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson
10 Carrie Underwood Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Acoustic Guitar – Ilya ToshinskyBacking Vocals – Hillary LindseyBass – Jimmie Lee SloasDrums – Shannon ForrestEdited By [Digital Editing] – Nathan DickinsonElectric Guitar – Kenny GreenbergKeyboards – Charlie Judge*, Gordon J. Mote*Mastered By – Hank Williams Percussion – Eric DarkenProducer – Mark BrightProducer [Production Assistance] – Mike GriffithRecorded By [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Chris AshburnRecorded By, Mixed By – Derek BasonWritten-By – Traditional
11 Wham! Last Christmas
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – George Michael
12 Nicole Scherzinger O Holy Night
Co-producer, Synth, Programmed By, Sound Designer – Jochem van der SaagOrchestrated By – William RossProducer [Vocals] – Ali Tennant*Producer, Arranged By, Piano – David FosterRecorded By – Sam WheatRecorded By [Assistant] – Paul NorrisWritten-By – Traditional

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, LLC
  • Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, LLC
  • Mastered At – Universal Mastering Studios
  • Marketed By – Universal Music Australia


  • A&R [For UMe] – Barry Korkin
  • Art Direction – Susan Lavoie
  • Artwork [Untitled] – Keith Haring
  • Design – Howard Kim
  • Executive Producer – Ossie Kilkenny
  • Legal [Councel] – Lee Gillespie-White
  • Mastered By – Mark Omann
  • Producer [Coordinating Producer] – Peter Wheeler
  • Producer [Production] – Beth Stempel
  • Promotion – Laura Benanchietti


Keith Haring Artwork, Untitled, 1987©Keith Haring Foundation Used By Permission
Track 1: Recorded At Record Plant Studios
Track 3: Recorded and Mixed at The Lake House
Track 6: Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Mixed at Devonshire Studios
Track 7: Recorded At A&M Studios; Mixed at M.C. Studio
Track 9: Recorded at Radio Recorders
Track 10: Recorded and Mixed at Starstruck Studios; Mastered at MasterMix, Nashville, TN
Track 12: Recorded at Metropolis Studios (Chiswick, England)
Licensing and Clearances: LeAnn Bennett
Publicity: Diana Baron, Jaime Dow, Kirsten Seckler
Writer: Tom Bradley

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02537 61086 0
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LV87
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6545

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
B0019231-02 Various A Very Special Christmas ‎(CD, Album, Comp) A&M Records B0019231-02 US 2013
0602537610860 Various A Very Special Christmas ‎(CD, Album, Comp) A&M Records, Special Olympics International, Inc., UMe, Icon 0602537610860 Europe 2013