Clapton Gets Busy With Babyface

October 22, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Grammy-winning producer/performer Kenneth "Babyface'' Edmonds was joined by what he calls the musical "dream team'' of Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, K-Ci & JoJo (of Jodeci) and vocalists Beverly Crowder and Shanice Wilson during "Babyface & Friends Unplugged (Club Style).''

The concert, which was taped Sept. 25 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, is premiering on MTV Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The performance weaves the recording artist's solo performances with accompaniment from guests whom he calls "an honor to be with.''

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