On this day in 1966, The Beatles released “Everywhere It’s Christmas” to their fans in the United Kingdom.
I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. – Charles Dickens
Seven records were released to the fans at Christmastime from 1963-1969 with all seven compiled in 1970. The Beatles’ Christmas records were spoken and musical messages to members of their official fan clubs in the U.K. and the U.S., meant to appease fans whose letters, due to their sheer volume, were not being answered in a timely manner.
I’d love to reply personally to everyone, but I just haven’t enough pens. – John Lennon
An example of the messages include one to “loyal Beatle people”, along with skits, Christmas carols, and original compositions. “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” appeared in edited form on the 1967 record and eventually gained an official release in 1995 as part of The Beatles Anthology.
Credits are as follows:
John Lennon: vocals, bass drum
Paul McCartney: vocals, piano
George Harrison: vocals, acoustic guitar
Ringo Starr: vocals, drums, tap dancing
George Martin: vocals
Victor Spinetti: vocals, tap dancing
Mal Evans: spoken word
Of the seven recordings, in my humble opinion this one is the best. It’s the wacky, zany, wonderful stuff of Beatlemania! Others tried to duplicate their sound, but their music was the sound of the 1960’s.
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas (1966): Unlike previous years, there is no Tony Barrow script to follow. The Beatles came up with a pantomime idea and open with a short piano tune called “Everywhere It’s Christmas,” followed by some group harmonies where they sing something called “Orowaynya.” After that, there is a series of humorous skits, sound effects and even yodeling. Then there is another piano tune called “Please Don’t Bring Your Banjo Back” followed by a reprise of “Everywhere It’s Christmas.” The British sleeve has colorful artwork designed by Paul McCartney. It was issued in America on a one-sided thin vinyl record similar to a flexi-disc and a postcard without the artwork. Time: 6:40
It’s just a little piece of rock history (and childhood memories) all wrapped up in the Christmas season. ❤
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