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"All You Need Is Love"

On June 25th 1967, the first live, international, satellite television production Our World was broadcast to 26 countries and 400 million viewers. The idea came from Aubrey Singer of the BBC. The ground rules included: no politicians or heads of state will participate. Artists from nineteen nations performed in separate segments featuring their respective countries. (The USSR pulled out at the last minute and dragged its Eastern block prisoner nations with it.)

The United Kingdom's segment remains the most famous today. John Lennon wrote All You Need Is Love, and the song was transmitted live at 8:54 p.m. from the BBC control room. The Beatles invited their friends to join the chorus and create a festive atmosphere. It's a wonderful sight - the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull singing and the stolid-looking horn players and string section of the BBC orchestra playing. With performers like these, the song needed only a single rehearsal.

Along with love, ten thousand technicians, producers, and translators were required to make the massive broadcast a success.

"It's easy", John sings, and I know sometimes it's not, but in the happiness that bubbles up with the music it's easier than I think.

Update: Today Daniel Henninger suggests what a wired world could mean to dissidents in Iran 2.0. And Wolf Howling provides another excellent update.

Thanks to Howard Maunders of Beautiful Britain for reminding us of this date.

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