Lauded for his guitar playing and revered for a career that stretches back to early sixties English artist Eric Clapton is undoubtedly one of music's greatest living legends. His sometimes haggard appearance and coarse vocals may not agree with everyone but his is a singular talent. While his solo career has been dominant for several decades his time with the Yardbirds and Cream was never less than boundary pushing. Clapton is quintessentially a blues rock player and would not be immediately associated with our favourite season. How our hopes were dashed when his 2013 record 'Old Sock' turned out to be not about the foot apparel hanging above the Christmas hearth. And while we're on the topic neither of Cream's singles 'Wrapping Paper' (1966) or 'Cold Turkey' (1969) have anything whatsoever got to do with the 12 days either.
Clapton's biggest contribution to the season arrived in mid-December 1998 when he performed at a charity event held at the White House. On the night he performed 4 Christmas numbers, 'Christmas Blues', 'Christmas Tears', Merry Christmas Baby' (with Sheryl Crow) and on the shows epic finale 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' where he was joined by amongst others Tracy Chapman and Run-D.M.C. So successful was the concert that it was released as a live CD the following year in 1999. With all proceeds from 'A Very Special Christmas Live From Washington D.C.' going to the Special Olympics this was a collection which truly preserved and enhanced the spirit of Christmas. Clapton's 'Christmas Tears' would later appear on a video collection in 2007 called 'A Very Special Christmas - The 20th Anniversary Music Video Collection' amongst many of the best known tracks from the 'A Very Special Christmas' compilation series.Author: Kevin