Eric Clapton – ‘White Christmas’ And New Studio Album
Eric Clapton released a new music video for his bluesy cover of the classic holiday song ‘White Christmas‘. The song also appears on his latest solo studio album ‘Happy Xmas’.
‘Happy Xmas’ is the 23rd studio album in Eric Clapton’s long lasting career. The album came out last month and it features 14 songs. However, there’s only one original track called ‘For Love on Christmas Day’.
Besides ‘White Christmas’, the album contains other holiday classics like ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Away in a Manger’. Rest of the tracks are lesser known holiday tunes. However, with Eric Clapton’s revival of the tunes, that all will change. He is giving them a second birth. A new chance for the younger generations to experience the Christmas spirit with the timeless tunes.
‘Jingle Bells’ is also part of the album’s track list. However, the song is dedicated to the late Swedish musician Avicii who sadly passed away on the 20th of April this year.
You can watch Clapton’s bluesy version of ‘White Christmas’ on the video below
By the way, Eric Clapton also released a Claymation video version of ‘White Christmas’ which you can watch here.
About ‘Happy Xmas’
In an interview for Billboard earlier this year when talking about his new album, Eric Clapton said;
“I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals. I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundation style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’”
He later adds that he had no intention of doing a Christmas themed album. It was supposed to be a normal studio album, but ‘it started to morph into the Christmas thing, and I think at that point it started to become a reality’.
Eric Clapton ‘s ‘Happy Xmas’ album topped the US Holiday Album charts at No.1 when it debuted.
Happy Xmas track list:
1. White Christmas
2. Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)
3. For Love On Christmas Day
4. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
5. Christmas Tears
6. Home For The Holidays
7. Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)
8. Christmas In My Hometown
9. It’s Christmas
10. Sentimental Moments
11. Lonesome Christmas
12. Silent Night
13. Merry Christmas Baby
14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Short History of ‘ White Christmas’ (song)
Released in 1942, ‘White Christmas’ is a nostalgic song written by Irving Berlin, about the old-fashioned Christmas setting. He wrote the song in 1940 while staying at the La Quinta Hotel in La Quinta, California. The song however, had a different opening verse which was dropped by the author after a friend’s recommendation.
The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There’s never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, L.A.
But it’s December the twenty-fourth,—
And I am longing to be up North
The original verse may not suit the song the best in a musical sense, but lyrically it catches the reminiscing mood of the song as a whole. Nevertheless, there are many versions of the song that include the original opening verse. Such are the versions sang by Darlene Love, Barbra Streisand, Karen Carpenter and many more.
‘White Christmas’ is also the best-selling single with estimated sales of over 150 million copies sold worldwide. Dozens of artists have covered the song, but the most famous one is Bing Crosby‘s version which sold a whooping 100 million copies worldwide. Now, Eric Clapton is also part of this group
At first, Bing Crosby’s version performed very poorly. And even Bing himself didn’t see anything special about the song. In his eyes, there wasn’t a big potential in Berlin Irving’s song.
However, only couple months later ‘White Christmas’ topped the charts and remained on that position for quite a good time. Which proved him wrong, but I am pretty sure he wasn’t mad about that.
Another interesting fact about the most-recorded Christmas song is that it has been recorded in several different languages. Moreover, there have been over 500 recorded versions of the song since it was released.
So, its not really a surprise that this is the worlds best-selling single of all time.