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This Day in Music – 18th May

Today in 1967, The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast Our World. The event which would cover five continents, asked The Beatles to come up with a song containing a “simple message” to be understood by all nationalities.
John Lennon wrote, “All You Need is Love” which was thought to sum up the 1967 ‘summer of love’ and The Beatles sympathies. With the satellite broadcast being broadcast to many non-English-speaking countries, the BBC asked The Beatles to ‘keep it simple’.
Watched by 400 million in 26 countries, the program was broadcast via satellite on 25 June 1967. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Gary Leeds from The Walker Brothers all provided backing vocals.

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