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Beatles Fan Club Flexidisc (7 inch)
(Update: 1st. November 2010)
Every Christmas from 1963 through 1969, The Official Beatles Fan Club sent free 7 inch Christmas records to their fan club members, which contained skits, messages and brief songs which were otherwise unavailable. The disks were flexi's made by the Lyntone company, and each of them came in special picture sleeve.
These special records were never available for sale in stores.
At the end of 1963, the Fan Club was unprepared for the tons of extra subscriptions it received, so in addition to the multiple thousands of Christmas disks it mailed out in December, they also made a complete extra run of the flexi-disks without the sleeves (to save time), mailing them out early February 1964 with a letter of apology and an explanation from the Club. The total of 1963 Christmas disks made, both with and without sleeves, was just over 30,000 copies.


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#0 The Official Membership Card (1969-1971)
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COMMENTS This is an official U.K. Beatles fan club membership card showing subscriptions paid for 3 years up to April 1971 and stamped in red with Freda Kelly's initials.
Membership number is "110501".
The card comes with it's original mailing envelope stamped in Liverpool in 1970.



#1 Sincere Good Wishes For Christmas And The New Year From The Beatles (1963)
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Sincere Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the Beatles
RELEASE DATE
6th December 1963
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The Official Beatles Fan Club of Great Britain operates from special offices in Central London. National Secretaries Anne Collingham and Bettina Rose have a hard-working staff of full-time assistants to help run the club's affairs.
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Each recording was pressed onto a 7" flexi disc and mailed free to the British members of the Fan Club.
The words "Not for sale. Issued free of charge to fan Club Members in December 1963" were printed on the label.
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CATALOG NUMBER
LYN 492
LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. LYN 492 - 1U
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PRODUCER
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Notes: Bettina Rose, Anne Collingham
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Lyntone Company
PUBLISHER'S NAME
The Official Beatles Fan Club
PRINTER'S NAME
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COMMENTS
Gatefold type.
These special records were never available for sale in stores.
At the end of 1963, the Fan Club was unprepared for the tons of extra subscriptions it received, so in addition to the multiple thousands of Christmas disks it mailed out in December, they also made a complete extra run of the flexi-disks without the sleeves (to save time), mailing them out early February 1964 with a letter of apology and an explanation from the Club. The total of 1963 Christmas disks made, both with and without sleeves, was just over 30,000 copies.
The flexi comes in a plain yellow card sleeve that opens out with the record tucked into a stapled area. No newsletter came with this first edition. It was printed in the inner sleeve.
The back cover has a picture of the Beatles at the Fan-club headquarters with Bettina Rose and Anne Collingham, with below, a picture of the fab four being presented to the Queen Mother at the Royal Variety Performance.

Amongst christmas greetings and other things other things a comical rendition of  "Good King Wenceslas" and towards the end the chorus from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Lyntone is not a record label, but a manufacturer. Lyntone was the European licensee of the flexi-disc procossed that was developed and patented Eva-Tone Soundsheets. All flexidiscs record were made by Eva-Tone or one of their licencees (such as Lyntone). Due to low demand, Eva-Tone stopped making flexidiscs several years ago. However, Erika Records in Southern California has obtained the rights to manufacturer this format now.
(According to "Discogs")



#2 Another Beatles Christmas Record (1964)
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TITLE
Another Beatles Christmas Record
RELEASE DATE
18th December 1964
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The words "Not for sale. Issued free of charge to fan Club Members in December 1964" were printed on the label.
Only the 1964 Fun Club record plays at 45 rpm; all the other six play at 33 1/3rpm.
On the back cover, Fan Club address and printer's name were printed.
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OTHER ITEM  "newsletter"
With gatefold newsletter insert written by Bettina Rose and Anne Collingham.
CATALOG NUMBER
LYN 757
LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. LYN 757 - 1R
VINYL COLOR
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PRODUCER
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Notes: Tony Barrow
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Lyntone Company
PUBLISHER'S NAME
The Official Beatles Fan Club
PRINTER'S NAME
MacNeill Press Ltd.
COMMENTS
By December 1964, the Fan Club membership had risen to 65,000 and Christmas flexi disks were made for them all, again with a special sleeve and with a Fan Club newsletter (the 1963 one was on the inside cover of the flexi).
It was recorded 26th October 1964 on the same day as they recorded "Honey Don't" for "Beatles For Sale".

Only the 1964 Fun Club record plays at 45 rpm; all the other six play at 33 1/3rpm.
 Includes the classic "Jingle Bells," individual greetings and the ending jingle  "Can You Wash Your Father's Shirts?"



#3 The Beatles Third Christmas Record (1965)
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TITLE
The Beatles Third Christmas Record
RELEASE DATE
17th December 1965
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The words "Not for sale. Issued free of charge to fan Club Members in December 1965" were printed on the label.
Play at 33 1/3rpm.
On the back cover, Fan Club address and printer's name were printed.
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OTHER ITEM  "gatefold newsletter"
With gatefold newsletter insert written by Anne Collingham.
CATALOG NUMBER
LYN 948
LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. LYN 948 - 1Y
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PRODUCER
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Robert Whitaker, Notes: Tony Barrow
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Lyntone Company
PUBLISHER'S NAME
The Official Beatles Fan Club
PRINTER'S NAME
MacNeill Press Ltd.
COMMENTS
Issued in December 1965.
It was recorded 8th November 1965 on the same day as they recorded "Think For Yourself".
Contains "Yesterday," "Happy Christmas to Ya List'nas," "Auld Land Syne," the Four Top's "It's the Same Old Song" and "Christmas Comes But Once a Year."



#4 The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record, Everywhere It's Christmas (1966)
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TITLE
Everywhere It's Christmas.
RELEASE DATE
16th December 1966
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The words "Not for sale. Issued free of charge to fan Club Members in December 1966" were printed on the label.
Play at 33 1/3rpm.
Sleeve design by Paul McCartney. The free flexi came with a newsletter from the fan club written by Anne Collingham and Freda Kelly (Joint National Secretaries).
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With slip sheet newsletter insert written by Anne Collingham and Freda Kelly.
CATALOG NUMBER
LYN 1145
LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. LYN 1145 - 2C
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PRODUCER
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Sleeve Design: Paul McCartney
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Lyntone Company
PUBLISHER'S NAME
The Official Beatles Fan Club
PRINTER'S NAME
MacNeill Press
COMMENTS
Issued in December 1966.
Recorded on 25th November 1966 in the basement studio of Dick James Music at 71, New Oxford Street, London. Produced by George Martin.
A Monty Python-like record (or to be more accurate, the Goon Shows) , with amongst other things "Everywhere It's Christmas," "Orowanya," "Please Don't Bring Your Banjo Back" and the dramatic mini-play "Podgy the Bear and Jasper Visit Felpin Mansions."



#5 The Beatles Fifth Christmas Record, Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1967)
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TITLE
CHRISTMAS TIME (IS HERE AGAIN)
RELEASE DATE
15th December 1967
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The words "Not for sale. Issued free of charge to fan Club Members in December 1967" were printed on the label.
Play at 33 1/3rpm.
Sleeve design by Julian Lennon, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
The free flexi came with a newsletter from the fan club written by Freda Kelly (Joint National Secretaries).
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With slip sheet newsletter insert written by Freda Kelly.
CATALOG NUMBER
LYN 1360
LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. LYN 1360 - 1L
VINYL COLOR
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Sleeve Design: Julian Lennon, John Lennon and Ringo Starr
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Lyntone Recordings
PUBLISHER'S NAME
The Official Beatles Fan Club
PRINTER'S NAME
MacNeill Press
COMMENTS
Issued in December 1966.
Recorded on Tuesday 28th November 1967 in Abbey Road studios.
Includes the rocking "Christmas Time is Here Again," (later released in conjunction with the Anthology-project) "Plenty of Jam Jars" (performed by fictional band the "Revellers"), and finally John's poem "When Christmas Time is Over."
This was the last Christmas fan club recording where all four Beatles were in the studio together.



#6 The Beatles Sixth Christmas Record, Happy Christmas (1968)
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HAPPY CHRISTMAS
RELEASE DATE
20th December 1968
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The 1968  Christmas record is unique because, unlike the others, flexi disk is double-sided. The free flexi came from the fan club by Freda Kelly (Joint National Secretaries). It was edited together by Radio 1 disc-jockey Kenny Everett.
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CATALOG NUMBER
LYN 1743/1744
LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1:  LYN 1743 - 1L
Side2:  LYN 1744 - 1L
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RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
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PUBLISHER'S NAME
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PRINTER'S NAME
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COMMENTS
Recorded in November 1968 at the lush London homes of Beatle John and Beatle Paul and in the back of Beatle Ringo's diesel-powered removal van, somewhere in Surrey, The voice of Beatle George is heard because yours faithfully, the G.P.O., did something right and joined up 6,000 miles of telephone links at an appropriate moment.

The 1968 and 1969 Christmas recordings are unique because, unlike the others, each flexi disk is double-sided; and while all of the 1963 through 1967 flexi's had paper record labels, the 1968 and 1969 disks had the information printed right on the black flexi disk with white ink.

Both recordings consist of separately taped pieces by each of the Beatles, and on the 1968 disk George introduced Tiny Tim singing a bizarre little version of Nowhere Man.
A collage of sounds and  Fab greetings, including "Happy Christmas, Happy New Year," Johns poem "Jock & Yono" and "Once Upon a Pool Table." Guest-appearing artist Tiny Tim destroys "Nowhere Man".



#7-1 The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record, Happy Christmas1969 (1969: Sample Record)
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TITLE
HAPPY CHRISTMAS 1969
RELEASE DATE
19th December 1969/Sample Disk
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sleeve sleeve The cover was designed by Ringo and his son Zak Starkey. sleeve
Matrix suffixed with "1L" on both side. On the back cover, printer's name "West Brothers" was printed.
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CATALOG NUMBER
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LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
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MATRIX No. Side1: LYN 1970 - IL
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PRODUCER
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Cover design: Richard Sterkey and Zak Starkey
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Lyntone Company
PUBLISHER'S NAME
The Official Beatles Fan Club
PRINTER'S NAME
West Brothers
COMMENTS
The 1968 and 1969 Christmas recordings are unique because, unlike the others, each flexi disk is double-sided; and while all of the 1963 through 1967 flexi's had paper record labels, the 1968 and 1969 disks had the information printed right on the black flexi disk with white ink.
Both recordings consist of separately taped pieces by each of the Beatles.
John's pieces (inevitably) included Yoko.

It was edited together by Radio 1 disc-jockey Kenny Everett, but this time credited to his real name, Maurice Cole.



#7-2 The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record, Happy Christmas 1969 (1969)
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HAPPY CHRISTMAS 1969
RELEASE DATE
19th December 1969
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The 1969  Christmas record is unique because, unlike the others, flexi disk is double-sided. On the back cover, printer's name "West Brothers" was printed.
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CATALOG NUMBER
LYN 1970/1971
LABEL
Lyntone
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1: LYN 1970 - IL
Side1: LYN 1971 - IL
VINYL COLOR
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PRODUCER
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Cover design: Richard Sterkey and Zak Starkey
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Lyntone Company
PUBLISHER'S NAME
The Official Beatles Fan Club
PRINTER'S NAME
West Brothers
COMMENTS
Issued in December 1969.
Recorded in fall of 1969 at John and Yoko's home in Ascot, Ringo's home in Weybridge, Paul's home in London, and the London offices of Apple.
A visit to John and Yoko in their home, Ringo plugs his movie "The Magic Christian" and Paul sings "This is to Wish You a Merry, Merry Christmas." George is featured only briefly.

Edited by Maurice Cole (Kenny Everett's original name)



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