From the very beginning the Beatles primary topic was love. From the innocent “I Want to Hold Your Hand” with it’s sweet simple request to the closing statement on Abbey Road that “in the end the the love you take is equal to love you make”, love was “The Word” as John sang on “Rubber Soul.” But it was in the summer of love, 1967 that the Beatles gave us an anthem. The occasion was the first live global television broadcast dubbed “Our World.” The British Broadcasting Corporation asked the Beatles to provide a song and represent the UK in the world-wide event. The result was “All You Need is Love” with it’s catchy chorus and direct message “that there was nothing we could do that can’t be done,” that it was “easy.” Beginning oddly with the French national anthem, the song with It’s mix of strings and 1940’s style jazz saxophone, ending with the english folk song “Greensleeves”, reflects the many styles the Beatles were drawing from in their middle period. The refrain of "She Loves You” that comes in the fade at the end of the song shows just how far the Beatles had come in just three years.
The song was introduced to the world on June 25, 1967. Backing tracks including the orchestra parts were pre-recorded separately with the Beatles playing over them. With over 150 million people in 26 countries watching, the band was particularly nervous and wanted to be sure the broadcast went off without a hitch. Broadcast live from Abbey Road, surrounded by friends including Rollings Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, as well as Marianne Faithful, Jane Asher, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Donovan, Graham Nash and others all dressed in colorful garb surrounded by balloons and flowers, the Beatles delivered their message of love and peace to the world. “Love is all you need."