Saturday, June 25, 2011

Today in Beatles history

June 25, 1967 saw The Beatles debut "All You Need Is Love" on the BBC program Our World, which was the first ever "global satellite television broadcast." Gibson has more.

The band sat on stools for the historic performance. Behind The Beatles, a menagerie of famous friends gathered to lend support. Beatle buddies included Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher and Graham Nash.

The wildly ambitious project was a huge success, although the BBC did receive several letters of complaint, proof that in the U.K. in 1967, Lennon was becoming an increasingly polarizing figure as the lovable mop-tops continued their path to hippie weirdness. Comments from unimpressed viewers included: “This country has produced something more meritorious and noteworthy than The Beatles (much as I admire them)”; “We did not do ourselves justice”; “Have we nothing better to offer? Surely this isn't the image of what we are like. What a dreadful impression they must have given the rest of the world”; and “after all the culture etc. shown by the other countries, The Beatles were the absolute dregs (incidentally I am a Beatles fan), no wonder people think thing we are going to the dogs!”

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