The Beatles


The Beatles Trivia


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    • On Sunday, June 25, 1967, The Beatles took part in the first live, international, globally linked satellite television broadcast in history - the Our World (International TV special). They sang their newest song, "All You Need Is Love", live (along with a prerecorded backing track) for the largest television audience ever up to that time - an estimated 400-700 million people worldwide. The two-and-a-half hour BBC/Eurovision program included creative artists representing nineteen different nations - each performing or appearing in separate segments featuring their respective countries. It was an incredibly complex undertaking - involving control rooms in over 31 countries around the world, three satellites (Intelsat I, Intelsat II, and ATS-1), over 1.5 million km of cable and some ten thousand technicians, producers, translators and staff.
      Although the agreed upon ground rules (everything had to be live and no politicians or heads of state must be seen) attempted to depoliticize the event, given the tumultuous times, it was an imposable task. Four days before the broadcast, the Eastern Bloc countries, led by the Soviet Union, dropped out over the West's response to the "Six Day" Middle Eastern war - darkening a significant portion of the global audience. The broadcast was also taking place at the height of the Vietnam War and The Beatles wanted to convey a positive message of peace, hope and love. Their performance, transmitted live to the universe at 8:54 p.m. GMT, included some famous friends invited to help create a festive atmosphere and join in on the chorus'. Among the fortunate few were Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, The Small Faces, Michael Nesmith and Graham Nash.