The Beatles’ Christmas Singles Club, 1963-1969

 

The Beatles’ Christmas records were spoken and musical messages from the group posted out on flexi disc at Christmas time to members of their official fan-clubs in the United Kingdom and the United States. One such record was issued each year from 1963 to 1969.

None of the original recordings has ever been subject to general release though a version of “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)”, an original composition which appeared in edited form on the 1967 record, eventually gained an official release in 1995, as part of the The Beatles Anthology project.

1) The Beatles Christmas Record – Issued December 6, 1963

Description: Christmas greetings, a rendition of “Good King Wenceslas” and the chorus from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Marks). Recorded October 17, 1963.

2) Another Beatles Christmas Record – Issued December 18, 1964

Description: Includes “Jingle Bells,” individual greetings and the ending jingle “Can You Wash Your Father’s Shirts?” Recorded: October 26, 1964.

3) The Beatles Third Christmas Record – Issued December 17, 1965

Description: Includes “Yesterday,” “Happy Christmas to Ya List’nas,” “Auld Land Syne,” the Four Top’s “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Christmas Comes But Once a Year.” Recorded November 8, 1965.

4) The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas – Issued December 16, 1966

Description: “Everywhere It’s Christmas,” “Orowanya,” “Please Don’t Bring Your Banjo Back” and “Podgy the Bear and Jasper Visit Felpin Mansions.” Recorded: November 25, 1966.

5) Christmas Time Is Here Again! – Issued December 15, 1967

Description: Includes “Christmas Time is Here Again,” “Plenty of Jam Jars” (performed by fictional band the “Revellers”), and John’s poem “When Christmas Time is Over.” Recorded: November 28, 1967.

6) The Beatles 1968 Christmas Record – Issued December 20, 1968

Description: Includes “Happy Christmas, Happy New Year,” John’s poem “Jock & Yono” and “Once Upon a Pool Table.” Tiny Tim appears on “Nowhere Man.” Recorded in November, 1968.

7) The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record – Issued December 19, 1969

Description: John and Yoko in their home, Ringo plugs his movie “The Magic Christian” and Paul sings “This is to Wish You a Merry, Merry Christmas.” Recorded autumn 1969.

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