December 18: The Beatles released Another Beatles Christmas Record in 1964

The song Jingle Bells is sung, followed by individual messages to the fans. John mocks the prepared statement, doing an imitation of Paul Harvey and includes his own pseudo-words and ad-libbing. When Paul asks him if he wrote this himself, he says, “No it’s somebody’s bad hand-wroter. It’s been a busy year Beople peadles, one way and another, but it’s been a great year too. You fans have seen to that. Page two … Thanks a lot folks and a happy-er Christmas and a Merry Grew Year. Crimble maybe.”  The statement is apparently handwritten as at various points in the recording, Paul reads “making them” as “melting them” before correcting himself and George reads “quite a time” as “quiet time” before correcting himself with “great time” as well. Finishing up the record is a brief rendition of the traditional song “Oh Can You Wash Your Father’s Shirt?”

Another Beatles’ Christmas Record was not sent to American fans. Rather, at Christmas time 1964, US fans received an edited version of The Beatles’ Christmas Record, which had been sent to British fan-club members in 1963. Also, as opposed to using flexi-discs, the US fan-club sent the message in a tri-fold cardboard mailer, with the “record” embedded in one of the flaps of cardboard.

 

 

  • Recorded: 26 October 1964
  • Location: Dick James Music
  • Writer: Tony Barrow
  • Producer: Tony Barrow
  • Issued: 18 December 1964
  • Label: Lyntone, LYN 757
  • Flexi disc: 7″, 1 side, 45 RPM
  • Total time: 3:58

 

2 thoughts on “December 18: The Beatles released Another Beatles Christmas Record in 1964

  1. I’m not sure what the producers had in mind other than making money out of a Christmas album, but the Beatles jokes and jibs said a lot about what they thought of the idea. They turned irreverence into a
    funny but charring commentary on the corotate music scene. More in the traditional spirit is a song we produced in The Shedd Studios here in Grand Junction about a family Christmas in Colorado. Merry Christmas and a happy Hanukah too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvioOYtebgM JRW

  2. Hallgeir: Complete screw up here. The link I meant for this comment on A Beatles Christmas was not the link to a Family Christmas in Colorado. If you like songs about mountains, it’s a good one, but the link to the Christmas song is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TrVi5fbIe0. Another typo was “charring”, meant to be “charming.”

    Perhaps in the new year when I turn 87, like a fine wine my typing will improve with age!

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