Monday Night Christmas Music Byte
The final entry in our solo Beatles Christmas songs is Ringo Starr. I Wanna Be Santa Claus is a Christmas album and single, issued in 1999. Not only is it Starr’s first long-play holiday release, it is the first by an ex-Beatle, although John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison had each released a seasonal single in the 1970s.
Recorded throughout 1999 with Starr’s musical partner Mark Hudson and many of his collaborators on 1998’s Vertical Man, I Wanna Be Santa Claus—which is composed of well-known traditional songs and some new originals—was made in several studios in the US and UK, with their families joining in and including two notable celebrity guests, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and former Eagles member Timothy B. Schmit.
Enjoy Ringo Starr‘s, “I Wanna Be Santa Claus.”
Released in October ahead of the Christmas season, I Wanna Be Santa Claus was not a commercial success, despite its strong reviews. It was deleted shortly thereafter and re-released in 2003 as a discounted collection entitled 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Ringo Starr/The Christmas Collection with the exact same tracklisting. After three albums in a row that failed to reach consumers in a significant way, Mercury Records dropped Starr from their roster.