All You Need Is Love
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Beatles song, recorded at EMI Studios, London, on June 25 1967, on which Mick and Keith provided backup vocals. Mick, Keith and Marianne Faithfull joined the festivities when the Beatles performed this song live to the world via the “Our World” telecast in the same year. George Harrison recalled:. “If you look closely at the floor, I know that Mick Jagger is there. But there’s also an Eric Clapton, I believe, in full psychedelic regalia and permed hair, sitting right there.” Mick was a semi-regular guest of honor at Beatles sessions: He also turned up for the mixing of Revolver and the recording of the orchestral section of “A Day in the Life” Eric Clapton was also in the crowd – “in full psychedelic regalia and permed hair,” Harrison said.
Other notables in attendance were Keith Moon and Graham Nash, not to mention Mike McCartney (Paul’s brother), Patti Boyd Harrison (George’s wife) and Jane Asher (McCartney’s girlfriend).
From Beatles Bible:
The BBC had suggested the idea of using new satellite relays to connect the national television networks of countries across the world, to make a live link-up on a scale previously unknown. The Beatles were the natural choice to represent Britain, and they decided to compose a new song especially for the broadcast.
‘All You Need Is Love’ was written by John Lennon especially for Our World, the world’s first televised satellite link-up between 25 countries worldwide. Its message perfectly encapsulated the optimistic mood of the Summer of Love, with a simplicity perfectly judged for their global audience.
Our World took place on 25 June 1967; The Beatles began recording the backing track just 11 days before the transmission date. Coming just two weeks after the release of Sgt Pepper, The Beatles were clearly full of confidence, and took a the prospect of a potential audience of 400 million people in their stride.
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