Pop focus: Christmas with the Beatles

This is a cross-post with our Glass Onion Beatles Journal blog:

Christmas was always a big time for Beatles fans. The group released several of its albums during the holiday season, capitalizing on the holiday rush.

In the early 1960s, they also produced an annual Christmas show, a live package including music and skits and performances by other musical artists.

And, foremost, throughout the 1960s, the group released an annual Christmas record for members of its offical Fan Club. These were not musical per se, but included chat, comedy skits and musical noodling around. These were not commercially released elsewhere. In 1970, after the band's breakup, the Fan Club compiled all the previous Christmas records - 1963-69 - and released them on a compilation LP, which also went only to members of the club.

Below are some Christmas images featuring the band.




Hear the Beatles' Christmas Fan Club records



First Beatles Christmas Fan Club record 1963







Christmas greetings from music papers and Beatles Book Monthly





Photos and program from Beatles Christmas Show
















Beatles 1964 Christmas fan club record









Beatles 1965 Christmas fan club record







Beatles 1966 Christmas fan club record





Beatles 1967 Christmas fan club record







Beatles 1968 Christmas fan club record






Beatles 1969 Christmas fan club record





Beatles 1970 compilation album of fan club Christmas records






More Christmas with the Beatles!




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