I Wanna Be Santa Claus CD


Initial UK Release Date 19 October 1999
Initial UK Catalogue Number Mercury 546 668-2
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed To Chart
Peak UK Chart Position


The first Christmas album by a Beatle was released in the UK and the US on 19 October 1999 and failed to chart in both territories. It was a CD only release at the time of issue though a vinyl version did come out on 12 October 2017 in the UK/Europe and 22 September 2017 in the US.

The album is a mixture of new Christmas songs and traditional Christmas songs and also contains a cover of The Beatles Christmas Time Is Here Again. Recording commenced in September 1998 and continued, off and on, until September 1999, with the sessions taking place at numerous studios in the UK and US. Among the many musicians lending a hand were Jeff Lynne, Timothy B Schmit (The Eagles) and Joe Perry (Aerosmith).

On 23 September 2003 it received a budget CD release in the US as part of Universal’s 20th Century Master Series under the title The Best Of Ringo Starr / The Christmas Collection.

My copy is shown below

2003 US Release

The pictures below are of my 2003 US re release. The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included fold out insert.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10



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