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The Big Business Of Christmas Songs

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

At the height of their career, the Beatles were not above cashing in on Christmas tunes at the end of the year, a formula that 40 years later still serves well for musical groups from Venezuela to Australia.

The seven Christmas albums the Fab Four put out between 1963 and 1969 were condensed into a single, special album for their fans in Britain and the United States in 1970, when arguably the most famous pop group of all time split up.

One year into his solo musical career John Lennon composed "Happy Christmas (War is Over)," a holiday-protest song against the Vietnam War. The album, which sold like hot cakes around the world, also featured his wife Yoko Ono and a Harlem children's choir.

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