Monday, April 13, 2009

All You Need Is Love

The Beatles facts for "All You Need Is Love" go beyond the mere recording of the song since it was performed for Our World TV on June 25, 1967, a global telecast using new satellite technology. The program was a six-hour telecast seen by 400,000,000 people in over twenty countries. Many other performers took part in the event, which was designed to unify the people of the world.

The song was recorded on June 14, 1967 at Olympia Studios, although overdubs were added at Abbey Road later. The song is a Lennon composition, although there is disagreement among George Martin and the remaining Beatles as to whether Lennon wrote the song specifically for the telecast. It was released in the UK on July 7, 1967 and in the U.S. on July 17, 1967.

The song has a very long fadeout that includes material from the Beatles (such as McCartney singing "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah") as well as scores from George Martin that include "Greensleeves," "In the Mood," and Bach.

For the tracks that were combined from the sessions at the two studios, McCartney plays upright and electric bass, Lennon harpsichord, Harrison guitar and violin, Starr drums, George Martin piano. Session musicians played trumpets, trombones, saxophones, violins, cellos, and an accordion. The chorus for the live TV performance included Jane Asher, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Patti Harrison, Graham Nash, Marianne Faithful, and others.

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