Each year from 1963 through 1969, the Beatles recorded a special Christmas
greeting for their fans. The Official Beatles Fan Club in England sent
flexi-discs containing the Christmas messages to its members each holiday season.
The American fan club, Beatles (U.S.A.) Ltd., was established in 1964, and
for their first Christmas, the American fan club sent fans the 1963 Christmas
message on a soundcard, which is like a flexi-disc, but is "printed" on the post card
that is mailed. No message was sent to the American fans in 1965 because
the tape was not received on time.
The Beatles Christmas flexis are very rare, and sell, in excellent condition,
anywhere from $200 to $500.
These recordings offer a unique time-capsule glimpse into the personalities and
evolution of the Beatles from 1963 through 1969. In the early years, like their
appearances in A Hard Day's Night, even though these messages
were scripted by "somebody's bad hand-wroter" (their Press Agent Tony Barrow),
the Beatle's geniune wit and
humor shines through, for example, in 1963, when as John mentions taking part
in the Royal Variety show, the boys extemporaneously launch into a whistling
version of God Save The Queen, or in 1964, when Paul mentions that they
don't really know where they'd be without the fans, John says, off-handedly, "In
the Army, perhaps..."
For older Beatles fans who remember hearing these messages over the years,
"these little bits of plastic" are a fond holiday tradition, while
for younger Beatles fans they offer
a whole new insight into a pop music phenomenon which
might never be repeated.
1963 The Beatles Christmas Record
Released December 6, 1963
Recorded October 17, 1963
EMI Abbey Road Studio 2
Engineer: Norman Smith
Recorded after a session for I Want To Hold Your Hand and This Boy.
About 30,000 total copies were manufactured.
This recording was sent to US Fan Club members in 1964.
Some of the historical info on this page is from the books
The Beatles: A Day In The Life by Tom Schultheiss, The Beatles Day By Day by Mark
Lewisohn and The Price Guide for the Beatles American Records by Perry Cox and
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