The album was not a commercial success, and was given minimal promotion by Mercury. It did not chart, and Starr left the label shortly afterwards.
They actually gave the Christmas album no support. We have now parted company due to their incompetence, they let me go. I’m hoping to record another studio album… and I’m hoping it will be on any label other than Mercury.
I Wanna Be Santa Claus was reissued on 23 September 2003 as 20th Century Masters: The Best of Ringo Starr/The Christmas Collection.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, Florida
- 1999: US album release: Working Classical by Paul McCartney
- 1968: John and Yoko appear in court on drugs charges
- 1967: Recording: Hello, Goodbye
- 1965: Recording: unused Christmas fan club messages
- 1964: Live: ABC Cinema, Edinburgh
- 1963: Live: Pavilion Gardens Ballroom, Buxton
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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