John Lennon: All you need is love, love is all you need.
Sunday, June 25 marked 50 years that All You Need Is Love was released as a non-album single in July 1967. It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon-McCartney. The Beatles performed the song over a pre-recorded backing track as Britain’s contribution to Our World, the first live global television link. Watched by over 400 million in 25 countries, the program was broadcast via satellite on June 25, and CBS Sunday Morning ran a colorized version of it this past weekend. The song captured the sentiments of the Summer of Love era and topped singles charts in Britain, the United States and many other countries.
“All You Need Is Love” was later included on the U.S. version of the Magical Mystery Tour album. It also appeared in a sequence in the Beatles’ 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine and the accompanying soundtrack.
For the Our World program, the Beatles were asked to provide a song with a message that could be easily understood by everyone. The band undertook the assignment at a time when they were committed to two film projects and a television special. In a statement to Melody Maker magazine, the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, said: “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message. The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.”
In the book The Beatles Anthology, Paul McCartney and George Harrison said they were unsure whether All You Need Is Love was written for Our World, while Ringo Starr and George Martin, the Beatles’ producer, assert that it was. McCartney said: “It was certainly tailored to [the broadcast] once we had it. But I’ve got a feeling it was just one of John’s songs that was coming anyway.”
To me, Beatles’ songs are classics. Standards. In another fifty years, those songs will be still be played on the Muzak system in elevators and grocery stores (provided we still have grocery stores in 2067) and I’m sure, if we’re still around, we’ll still hum along and remember all the lyrics.
What will today’s millennials and xennials (extra points if you know who “they” are) listen to in fifty years in their elevators? Chandelier? Bitch Better Have My Money?
That’s a discussion for another day. Xennials, according to an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne, states there is a new micro generation born between 1977 and 1983. They are a “mix between pessimists and optimists.” Do you know anyone who fits that description?