John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John enlisted the help of the man who penned their famous "Grease" duet to write a festive follow-up for their new Christmas album.
Titled "This Christmas," it features a number of cover songs as well as an original track, "I Think You Might Like It." The song was penned by songwriter-producer John Farrar, the man behind the pair's smash-hit 1978 movie anthem "You're the One That I Want," and is billed as a "sequel" to the "Grease" track.
Newton-John reveals that a poll about their famous duet sparked the idea for the holiday album, and she was delighted when Farrar agreed to work with them on a follow-up single.
She tells the Chicago Sun-Times, "We approached John (Farrar) and asked if he would write a sequel for the Christmas album, and he did. ... The whole Christmas idea started when 'You're the One That I Want' was voted the No. 1 duet in history. I sent John (Travolta) a text to tell him the news, and he wrote back and said, 'Why don't we do a Christmas song together?' And I said yes. Then we ran into each other at an event several months later and he said, 'Why don't we do an entire Christmas album?' And I said yes, and we decided to do it for our charities, and that was that."
The singer-actress added, "We picked the songs in one day. Picked the (music) keys in one day. We met up at a studio in Florida and did the majority of the tracks in four nights. And then we finished it up over the next couple of months."
"This Christmas" will be released this month.