Merry Crimble and Happy Goo Year!... For seven years, from 1963 to 1969, the Beatles recorded Christmas
records that were issued exclusively to members of their official
fan clubs in the UK and the U.S. The recordings contain Christmas
messages for their fans, music, carols, skits, comedic
banter, silliness, and "thank
yous" to the loyal "Beatle People".
The original recordings were pressed onto a 7" flexi
disc (or on
flaps of cardboard
for the U.S.) and mailed out to members of the
Fan Club. After the band broke up, Apple released the compilation
of all seven records in 1970 in album form as The
Beatles' Christmas Album (U.S.) aka From
Then to You (UK).
In the media player below you can play all seven Christmas
records, plus outtakes from the 1964 record, and a long version
of "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)".
Official titles of the original 7" flexi discs:
1963: The Beatles Christmas Record
1964: Another Beatles Christmas Record
1965: The Beatles' Third Christmas Record
1966: The Beatles' Fourth Christmas Record – Pantomime:
Everywhere It's Christmas
1967: Christmas Time is Here Again!
1968: The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record
1969: The Beatles' Seventh Christmas Record
I want to
give a special thanks to Ben Barden who spent considerable
time, via Twitter, helping me sort out the code to get the
media player working. Ben is a Web developer, blogger, and
composer. You can find him at BenBarden.com.
Also check out the Beatles
Christmas Greeting featuring "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" by
the Beatles in 1967 with some superimposed spoken-word
seasonal greetings, taped in 1966, followed by a John Lennon