Eric Clapton is planning to release his 24th studio album, which will be something a little different: a Christmas album. Happy Xmas will come out on Oct. 12. The album contains one original track, “For Love on Christmas Day,” along with traditional tunes. “Jingle Bells” is dedicated to Avicii, the Swedish DJ who passed away in April, reportedly taking his own life.  Clapton co-produced the record with Simon Climie and also drew the album cover art.  In addition, Clapton will appear on Road to Utopia, the latest album from Hawkwind, just a month prior to the release of Happy Xmas.

Eric Clapton’s “blues-tinged” Xmas album due in October


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