I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists
to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit.
I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off.
I reply, "The Beatles."
- Kurt Vonnegut
All You Need is Love
This track was originally written for the "Our World" broadcast in June 1967. The BBC billed it as a "live satellite link-up ... linking five continents and bringing man face to face with mankind," and an estimated 200 million people tuned in from eighteen different countries. Brian Epstein remembered it giving him many sleepless nights, "It got nearer and nearer to the show and they still hadn't written anything. Then about three weeks before the programme, they sat down to write and the record was completed in 10 days."
The Beatles invited all their famous friends into the studio - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, and all of their girlfriends and wives, and they all danced the conga. Mick Jagger sat on the floor underneath Paul's stool puffing on a joint in front of 200 million people. And he was up in court the next day on drug charges!
There are some "hidden songs" in the track. The most obvious one is the French national anthem in the beginning. But it's also got a bit of Glenn Miller's "In the Mood," a bit of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2, "Greensleeves," and a quote from "She Loves You." Unbeknownst to them, "In the Mood" was still in copyright, and they ended up getting sued! They also insisted on trying out new instruments for it, even though they didn't have a clue how to play them. John tried his hand on a harpsichord, Paul played a double-bass, and George the violin.