John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Reunite for Christmas Album

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John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Reunite for Christmas Album

Published on October 03, 2012 by Eric 'WizKid' Odom

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

John Travolta Olivia Newton-John’s 2012 holiday album, This Christmas. Photo courtesy of UME.

It’s been 35 years since they portrayed Danny and Sandy in Grease, the biggest movie musical of all time. Now John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have reunited for a new album! This Christmas will be available November 13. The pair will donate artist proceeds from the album to their respective charities, the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

A highlight of the album is the one original song, “I Think You Might Like It.” It’s the sequel to John and Olivia’s smash hit and the best-selling pop song of all time, “You’re The One That I Want. It was written and produced by John Farrar, who also wrote and produced “You’re The One That I Want.”

“John Farrar was just as hard on me now as he was then,” John said. “We went for perfection on it.” “It was really fun to do that,” Olivia agrees. “If it wasn’t for that song, we wouldn’t be here talking about it 30 years later.”

Produced by Randy Waldman, This Christmas features an all-star list of guest artists including Barbra Streisand (“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”), Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra (“Winter Wonderland”), James Taylor (“Deck the Halls”), Chick Corea (“This Christmas”), Kenny G (“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”), Cliff Richard (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) and John Farrar, who wrote the original “I Think You Might Like It.”

The idea for the project came from John after he received a text from Olivia at Christmastime telling him “You’re The One That I Want” had just become the best-selling duet in pop music history. “From the moment we decided to do this, magic happened,” John said. “Everyone we contacted agreed to do it.”

“It just fell into place,” Olivia said. “With our busy schedules, I don’t know how we got it done. John and I have always connected. That’s never gone away. When we’re together, we have a good laugh and feel bonded to one another. We’ve been through some amazing experiences together.”

“My desire was to make This Christmas an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy,” John said. “I wanted people to be able to play it around the house or in the car during the holidays, and make us part of your celebration. Gathering around the house listening to Christmas music has always been an important part of that time of the year to my family.”

The most important thing to John and Olivia is that the proceeds will go to their charities. John’s Jett Travolta Foundation combats children’s disabilities, including autism and seizures, and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia aids research for cancer and helps victims of the disease.

“We all felt a wonderful, joyful energy while recording this album,” Olivia said. “We want to make a lot of people smile and happy. It’s a project that we’re hoping turns into a perennial, one that can continue to raise money for these causes year after year, a gift that keeps on giving.”

TRACK LISTING FOR THIS CHRISTMAS:

1. Baby It’s Cold Outside
2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (featuring Kenny G)
3. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (featuring Barbra Streisand)
4. This Christmas (featuring Chick Corea)
5. Silent Night
6. The Christmas Waltz
7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (featuring Cliff Richard)
8. Winter Wonderland (featuring Tony Bennett and The Count Basie Orchestra)
9. White Christmas
10. I Think You Might Like It
11. The Christmas Song
12. Deck the Halls (featuring James Taylor)
13. Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time Is Here (Medley)

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