1992 Various – A Very Special Christmas Vol. 2

A Very Special Christmas 2 is the second in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit Special Olympics. The album was released on 20 October 1992, and production was overseen by Jimmy Iovine, Vicki Iovine and Robert Sargent Shriver for A&M Records. Tupac Shakur was supposed to be featured on the album but due to legal trouble his song was dropped.

On December 7, 2001, A Very Special Christmas 2 was certified Double Platinum for shipment of two million copies in the United States since its 1992 release.  As of November 2014, it is the twenty-first best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold 2,200,000 copies according to SoundScan.


1  Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again 4:14
2  Randy Travis – Jingle Bell Rock 4:00
Luther Vandross – The Christmas Song 4:29
4  Cyndi Lauper – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 2:36
5  Boyz II Men – The Birth Of Christ 2:49
6  Jon Bon Jovi – Please Come Home For Christmas 2:53
7  Paul Young – What Christmas Means To Me 2:53
8  Aretha Franklin – O Christmas Tree 3:34
9  Darlene Love – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree 2:48
10  Michael Bolton – White Christmas 3:39
11  Run-DMC – Christmas Is 3:19
12  Extreme – Christmas Time Again 5:06
13  Bonnie Raitt – Merry Christmas Baby 4:32
14  Tevin Campbell – O Holy Night 2:45
15  Debbie Gibson – Sleigh Ride 3:12
16  Vanessa Williams – What Child Is This? 4:10
17  Nancy Wilson – Blue Christmas 3:48
18  Wilson Phillips – Silent Night 3:03
19  Sinéad O’Connor – I Believe In You 5:38



1 Christmas All Over Again

BassMike Campbell
BassJeff Lynne
DrumsStan Lynch
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarTim Pierce
GuitarTom Petty
Acoustic GuitarJimmy Ripp
Acoustic GuitarKevin Dukes
Acoustic GuitarRobbie Blunt
Acoustic GuitarTodd Sharp
12 String GuitarMike Campbell
PianoBenmont Tench
SynthesizerScott Humphrey
HarpGayle Levant
HarpsichordMitchell Froom
SaxJoel Peskin
SaxMarty Krystall
SaxMichael Turre
SaxPhil Kenzie
MarimbaEfrain Toro
PercussionBrad Dutz
PercussionPhil Jones
Background VocalsJeff Lynne
Background VocalsRichard Todd
VocalsTom Petty

2 Jingle Bell Rock

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsSteve Schaeffer
GuitarTim Pierce
Acoustic GuitarDennis Budimir
Pedal Steel GuitarJay Dee Maness
OrganSteve Lindsey
PianoJim Cox
SynthesizerGreg Mathieson
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsDavid Joyce
Background VocalsDonna Davidson
Background VocalsRandy Crenshaw
Background VocalsSusan Stevens
VocalsRandy Travis

3 The Christmas Song

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsTal Bergman
GuitarDoc Powell
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
SaxGerald Albright
VocalsLuther Vandross

4 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

BassChuck Domanico
DrumsSol Gubin
GuitarDennis Budimir
PianoMike Lang
VocalsFrank Sinatra
VocalsCyndi Lauper

6 Please Come Home For Christmas

BassRichard Ruse
DrumsGregg Bissonette
GuitarDon Felder
GuitarTim Pierce
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
Background VocalsHarry Bowens
Background VocalsSweet Pea Atkinson
VocalsJon Bon Jovi

7 What Christmas Means To Me

BassJervonny Collier
DrumsBuster Marbury
GuitarRandy Jacobs
KeyboardsTony Patler
SaxDavid McMurray
TrumpetRayse Biggs
Background VocalsDonald Ray Mitchell
Background VocalsHarry Bowens
Background VocalsSweet Pea Atkinson
VocalsPaul Young

8 O Christmas Tree

BassArni Egilsson
BassSusan Ranney
PianoDavid Paich
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
ConductorMarty Paich
VocalsAretha Franklin

9 Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
Acoustic GuitarJon Bon Jovi
OrganMitchell Froom
PianoBenmont Tench
SaxMichael Turre
Background VocalsDarlene Love
Background VocalsEdna Wright
Background VocalsMelodye Perry
Background VocalsSusie Tallman
VocalsDarlene Love
VocalsRonnie Spector

10 White Christmas

PianoRandy Kerber
PianoIan Underwood
VocalsMichael Bolton

12 Christmas Time Again

BassPat Badger
DrumsPaul Geary
GuitarNuno Bettencourt
KeyboardsNuno Bettencourt
Background VocalsPat Badger
Background VocalsPaul Geary
Background VocalsNuno Bettencourt
VocalsGary Cherone

13 Merry Christmas Baby

BassRuth Davies
DrumsGaylord Birch
GuitarDanny Caron
PianoCharles Brown
SaxClifford Solomon
VocalsBonnie Raitt
VocalsCharles Brown

14 O Holy Night

BassCliff Hugo
DrumsJR Robinson
KeyboardsJohn Gilutin
HarpJo Ann Turovski
SynthesizerBryce Cranston
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsDavid Pack
Background VocalsLynn Davis
Background VocalsLynn Mabry
Background VocalsRicoh Cymone
Background VocalsRodney Saulsberry
Background VocalsSharon Celani
VocalsTevin Campbell

15 Sleigh Ride

BassBob Glaub
DrumsJody Cortez
DrumsOmar Hakim
GuitarTim Pierce
Acoustic GuitarRobbie Blunt
PianoJai Winding
HornsBeverly Dahlke-Smith
HornsChris Mostert
HornsGregory Smith
HornsPhil Kenzie
PercussionBrad Dutz
Background VocalsDarlene Love
Background VocalsEdna Wright
Background VocalsMelodye Perry
VocalsDebbie Gibson

16 What Child Is This?

BassRon Carter
DrumsDuane Broadnax
GuitarNick Moroch
PianoFred McFarlane
TromboneAlex Lodico
VocalsVanessa Williams

17 Blue Christmas

BassSteve Allen
DrumsChris Leighthon
GuitarNancy Wilson
GuitarScott Olson
Pedal Steel GuitarTerry Lauber
KeyboardsNancy Wilson
KeyboardsScott Olson
PianoNick Moore
Background VocalsNancy Wilson
Background VocalsScott Olson
VocalsAnn Wilson

18 Silent Night

GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsGlen Ballard
VocalsCarnie Wilson
VocalsChynna Phillips
VocalsWendy Wilson

19 I Believe In You

BassDavid Finck
DrumsChris Parker
Slide GuitarCharlie Mangold
Acoustic GuitarCharlton Pettus
Acoustic GuitarCharlie Mangold
PianoRichard Tee
SynthesizerDavid LeBolt
VocalsSinéad O’Connor

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Iovine, Vicki Iovine, Robert Sargent Shriver