All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle

Album: Best of Dora Bryan (1963)
Charted: 20
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  • In her 1987 autobiography According To Dora, Miss Bryan said that during the run of the play Six Of One at London's Adelphi Theatre, she was asked to record a Christmas song. She re-wrote some of it [probably the words] and recorded it the next day. It was played on the radio constantly; she appeared on Top Of The Pops, and, she said proudly, it was voted "the best bad record of 1963".
    Contemporary music press reports were just as flattering. In the December 14, 1963 issue of Melody Maker she said the idea came from Chris Parmenter of Fontana, her recording company. The following week she graced the front cover of the same paper. The Beatles liked the song too, and her play, which they saw while in London. "She's fab. We thoroughly enjoyed the show!" said Paul McCartney. They even sent her a telegram and recorded part of the song in one of their Christmas fan club messages.
  • Dora Bryan recorded "All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle" with an accompaniment directed by Johnny Gregory. Running to just under two and a half minutes, it was released on Fontana backed by "If I Were A Fairy." The sheet music was published and copyrighted 1963 by Flamingo Music Limited of London, Sole Selling Agents Francis, Day & Hunter, price 2s6d. Words and music are credited to Gladys Benton. Dora Bryan's photograph appears on the cover; she is holding a guitar and, apparently, wearing a Beatle wig.
  • Although it has been suggested the song is a parody or even a rip off of "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)," the similarity really begins and ends with the title. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above
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