Our World: "All You Need Is Love"
In the massive wake of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles performed as part of an international television broadcast on 25 June 1967. The idea was to coordinate communication satellites from 31 television networks across the globe, which would allow some 300 million viewers to watch the same program simultaneously. Using the title Our World, the broadcast would be filled with five-minute segments from each of the participating countries. England, quite naturally, selected the Beatles, and requested the debut of a new song. Paul volunteered “Hello Goodbye”, and John offered “All You Need Is Love”, the latter of which was chosen unanimously for the universality of its lyrics – appropriate for a worldwide TV broadcast. The music, too, is multi-cultural, with the introduction consisting of the French national anthem, and the coda a mash-up including Johann Sebastian Bach's F Major invention (representing Germany), Glenn Miller's “In the Mood” (representing the United States of America), and the folk tune “Greensleeves” (representing Britain).
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