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For seven straight holiday seasons, from 1963, during the beginning of their rise to fame, to 1969, just prior to the group’s breakup, The Beatles released a specially recorded Christmas greeting available exclusively for the members of their official fan club.

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Produced on either 45 or 33 1/3 rpm flexi discs which played on regular turntables, the recordings lasted anywhere from five minutes to just under eight, and featured the Fab Four evidently acting with spontaneous zany singing and skits. And as each year evolved, the more off-the-wall they became.

An album containing all seven of the greetings – called The Beatles Christmas Album – was sent out by the U.S. chapter of the fan club in 1971.

Since then, numerous bootleg versions have appeared on both vinyl and CD.

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One greeting per day will be featured during the holiday season, ending on December 21st (links for the years you may have missed are below).

You may have not heard these for years, or even more likely, not at all. But if you’re a fan, I’m sure they’ll make you at least smile – and hopefully laugh!

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Due to copyright issues, some audio song files may not play on smartphones, tablets or connected devices. A laptop, desktop PC or Mac may be required for optimal enjoyment.

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS 1969

(The Seventh Beatles Christmas Record)
[1969]

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December 1969 / LYN 1970/1971

The final Beatles Christmas fan club record, produced by Maurice Cole, was also recorded separately, as the band had effectively split by this point.

It features an extensive visit with John and Yoko at their Tittenhurst Park estate, where they play “what will Santa bring me?” games. Harrison appears only briefly, and Starr only shows up to plug his recent film, The Magic Christian. Paul sings his original ad-lib, This Is To Wish You A Merry, Merry Christmas.

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Starting at 1:30, at the tail-end of Ringo’s song, the guitar solos from the final track from their last studio album Abbey RoadThe End – are heard, followed by Yoko interviewing John.

The back-side of the record sleeve contains an elaborate illustration of the Beatles’ faces on it, with the drawings credited to Richard Starkey (Ringo) and his young son Zak Starkey.

[Note] If you’ve taken the time to listen to these rare recording gems over the past 7 days, I hope you’ve enjoyed them as they brought a bit o’ Beatles into your festive season. Happy Holidays! RMH

Recording Date: November – December, 1969
Release Date: December 19, 1969
Running Time: 7:39

PROGRAM:

Happy Christmas
John and Yoko Dialogue
Wonderful Christmas
Ringo Monologue
The End
John and Yoko Dialogue
This Is To Wish You
Paul Monologue
This Is To Wish You (Reprise)
John and Yoko Dialogue
Happy Christmas (Reprise)
Happy Christmas / Magic Christian
Ringo Monologue
John and Yoko Dialogue

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Ones You May Have Missed: (The holiday season is busy!)
THE BEATLES FIRST CHRISTMAS RECORD (1963)
THE BEATLES SECOND CHRISTMAS RECORD (1964)
THE BEATLES THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD (1965)
THE BEATLES FOURTH CHRISTMAS RECORD (1966)
THE BEATLES FIFTH CHRISTMAS RECORD (1967)
THE BEATLES SIXTH CHRISTMAS RECORD (1968)

Related:
WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME / Paul McCartney + RARE Macca Holiday Track!
HAPPY XMAS (War Is Over) / John Lennon
I WANNA BE SANTA CLAUS / Ringo Starr
DING DONG; DING DONG / George Harrison

Related: PHIL SPECTOR’S CHRISTMAS ALBUM (Tracks 1-13)
Track #1 WHITE CHRISTMAS / Darlene Love
Track #2 FROSTY THE SNOWMAN / The Ronettes
Track #3 THE BELLS OF ST. MARY’S / Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
Track #4 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN / The Crystals
Track #5 SLEIGH RIDE / The Ronettes
Track #6 MARSHMELLOW WORLD / Darlene Love
Track #7 I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS / The Ronettes
Track #8 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER / The Crystals
Track #9 WINTER WONDERLAND / Darlene Love
Track #10 PARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS / The Crystals
Track #11 CHRISTMAS (Baby Please Come Home) / Darlene Love
Track #12 HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS / Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
Track #13 SILENT NIGHT / Phil Spector and Artists
 

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