Discumentary: "A Very Special Christmas"
A Very Special Christmas was created by Producer Jimmy Iovine to benefit the Special Olympics. Stand out songs include Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by the Pretenders and Merry Christmas Baby performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. The CD also featured the likes of The Eurythmics, Run-DMC, U2 to name a few.
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