By Tim Saunders on
Christmas may already be upon us, and Santa may at this very moment be squeezing his way down your chimney, but there is still time for one last fix of Christmas shopping.
Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, U2, and Eric Clapton are just some of the stars to be featured on the first ever DVD collection from the “A Very Special Christmas” holiday music series to benefit the Special Olympics.
“A Very Special Christmas – 20th Anniversary Music Video Collection” is out now, and is the latest release in the series that has already raised more than $100 million for Special Olympics programs around the world.
“A Very Special Christmas is a fitting way to spread holiday cheer,” said Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics chairman. “But more importantly, this gift will help bring the joy of Special Olympics to many more children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing them the chance of a new life – a life of participation, pride, friendship, and joy.”
The project was launched in 1987, when record producer Jimmy Iovine decided a Christmas album would be a suitable memorial to his father. His wife Vicki suggested that the album benefit the Special Olympics, which she was working for as a volunteer. Bobby Shriver, son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Shriver, signed on as producer, and A&M Records backed the project with an agreement to cover all costs.
Over the years, A Very Special Christmas has attracted a plethora of heavy-weight artists, and past releases have featured songs donated by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, the Smashing Pumpkins, Stevie Nicks, Enrique Iglesias, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, and Reba McEntire.
“I am full of admiration for the many artists who have helped us,” said Eunice Shriver. “It’s a great tribute that these men and women say to themselves ’I’ll use my talent to help others’.”
The full list of songs on the 20th Anniversary Music Video Collection is:
- Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis
- U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Here)
- No Doubt – Oi To The World
- John Mellencamp – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Sting – Gabriel’s Message
- Jon Bon Jovi – Please Come Home For Christmas
- Vanessa Williams – What Child Is This?
- Eric Clapton – Christmas Tears
- Tracy Chapman – Oh Holy Night
- Sheryl Crow – Run Rudolph Run
- Wyclef Jean – Little Drummer Boy/Hot Hot Hot
- Stevie Wonder – Merry Christmas Baby
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