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KFIX Rock News: Tom Petty, John Lennon, Jon Bon Jovi Featured On Christmas Compilation

very-special-christmas-icon-510Holiday-themed tunes by John Lennon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jon Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart are among the songs featured on the latest album in the A Very Special Christmas compilation series.

The series raises money for the Special Olympics.

A Very Special Christmas: Icon will be released next Tuesday.

The album includes Lennon and wife Yoko Ono’s classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” Petty and his band’s yuletide gem “Christmas All Over,” the Bon Jovi frontman’s rendition of “Please Come Home for Christmas” and Stewart’s recent version of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” which first appeared on his 2012 albumMerry Christmas, Baby.

The disc also contains songs by Sting, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow and others.

The A Very Special Christmas series has raised more than 116 million dollars in royalties, benefiting Special Olympics programs, since its debut in 1987.

Commenting about her and her late husband’s contribution to the album, Ono says, “‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ was our holiday wish for a more peaceful world, so I am happy it’s part of A Very Special Christmas.  Special Olympics shows us how a more peaceful world could work, a world in which every person is valued and given the opportunity to live as full a life as possible, with the help and encouragement of a loving community.”

Here’s the full track list for A Very Special Christmas: Icon:

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” — John Lennon and Yoko Ono/The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” — Rod Stewart
“I Saw Three Ships” — Sting
“Winter Wonderland” — Aretha Franklin
“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” — Josh Groban
“Please Come Home for Christmas” — Jon Bon Jovi
“Christmas All Over Again” — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Run Rudolph Run” — Sheryl Crow
“Blue Christmas” — Elvis Presley
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” — Carrie Underwood
“Last Christmas” — Wham!
“O Holy Night” — Nicole Scherzinger (available on international version only)

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