1967 was a busy year for The Beatles. Having just released “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” to some rather positive reviews from critics and fans alike. “Newsweek called it a “masterpiece” “Time” called it ‘a historic departure in progress of music–any music’ while “The New York Times said it was ‘reeking of special effects dazzling but ultimately fraudulent ” whatever that meant. Anyways I agree with Newsweek and so it goes. It had already been decided that The Beatles would know longer tour so they had to come up with a way to sell the music. Films of the songs were made–the precursor to videos and special appearances on the telly. Which, on June 25th, 1967, The Beatles would appear on Britain’s contribution to “Our World” (the first live global television link) watched by over 400 million in 25 countries and debut a ‘non-album’ single called All You Need Is Love. The backing track was recorded on June 14th, 1967 at Abbey Road and the actual broadcast was also at Abbey Road and while the producers of the television show weren’t happy Beatles where using a ‘backing track’, producer Sir George Martin insisted saying “(they) can’t just go in front of 350 million people without some work”.
The guests during the song included Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Graham Nash and others.
All You Need Is Love would appear later that year on The Magical Mystery Tour album.