2030 The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record – The Beatles (1969)

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The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record.

This spoken word record was written by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded by The Beatles in 1969 and was produced by Kenny Everett. The recordings were made in various locations in England including Ascot, Weybridge, St. John’s Wood and the Apple Studios. The recording was released as a 7″ flexi disc on the Lyntone label and was only available to members of The Beatles’ fan club. The front cover uses a photograph taken by Ringo Starr while the back cover uses drawings by his son Zak Starkey. Zak Starkey can also be heard at the beginning of the recording. The back cover mentions the Plastic Ono Band’s’ 1969 single Give Peace A Chance. The recording is largely made up of interviews, comedy skits, and songs recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Tittenhurst Park in Ascot. The recording includes a snippet of The Beatles’ 1969 song The End and an a cappella version of Good King Wenceslas performed by John Lennon. The recording also includes extracts from the original songs Good Evening To You Gentlemen (sung by Ringo Starr), This Is To Wish You A Merry, Merry Christmas (sung by Paul McCartney) and Merry Christmas (sung by John Lennon and Yoko Ono). The recording also includes instrumental versions of The First Noel and While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks recorded by unidentified performers.The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record was the last recording released by The Beatles’ during the 1960s.

0910 You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry And The Pacemakers (1963)

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Gerry Marsden, George Martin and George Harrison.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote this song in 1945 for the musical Carousel. The song was part of Gerry And The Pacemakers’ repertoire. They recorded the song at EMI Studios in 1963 and released it as a single. The B-side was It’s All Right. It was produced by George Martin and reached number one on the UK Singles chart. Gerry And The Pacemakers were managed by Brian Epstein and toured with The Beatles in 1963.

The song has also been recorded by Ray Charles, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, and Elvis Presley among others.  The song was recorded by The Crowd in 1985. The Crowd included Gerry Marsden, Denny Laine, and Zak Starkey among others.

Now Hear This : You’ll Never Walk Alone – The Crowd (1985)

0682 Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley (1961)

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Movie poster for Blue Hawaii.

This song was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss. The melody is based on the French love song Plaisir d’amour. Plaisir d’amour was written in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Egide Martini. It was recorded by Bert Kaempfert in 1960 and Joan Baez in 1961. Can’t Help Falling In Love was first recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961. His version was released as a single with Rock-A-Hula Baby on the B-side. It featured in his film Blue Hawaii and also appeared on the soundtrack album. The song has also been recorded by Perry Como, The Lennon Sisters, Doris Day and Patti Page. Lee Curtis and The All-Stars recorded the song in 1965 and their version was released on the album Star Club Show 3. Part of the song is used in The Who song Real Good Looking Boy. Zak Starkey plays drums on the song.

Now Hear This : Can’t Help Falling In Love – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)
Real Good Looking Boy – The Who (2004)

0382 You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gene Vincent (1958)

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Rodgers and Hammerstein.

This show tune was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein in 1945 for the musical Carousel. The song has been recorded by many artists including Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and Doris Day. Gene Vincent recorded a version in 1958. The song was part of Tony Sheridan’s repertoire. It was part of the repertoire of Gerry and The Pacemakers and they recorded the song in 1963.The song was recorded by a charity group called The Crowd in 1985. The Crowd included Gerry Marsden, Denny Laine, Zak Starkey and many others.

Now Hear This : You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry And The Pacemakers (1963)
You’ll Never Walk Alone – The Crowd (1985)