Beatles not told of your world protests.

I guess all was not rosy with the Fab Four’s appearance on the “Our World” satellite transmission on June 25, 1967.  There were indeed many outcries of protest.  Tell me this, however, dear readers.  Do you remember anything besides The Beatles’ performance of “All You Need is Love” from that groundbreaking television transmission? I sure don’t.  In fact I had to look it up, I’ve never heard more than a passing mention of any of the other countries’ featured broadcasts. 

Maybe the latest news and airing of  the Beatles’ anthem “All You Need is Love” in the latest Luvs diaper commercial has drudged up this news.  Maybe now, the press thinks that the Fab Four can “handle” the fact that the establishment had a little problem with jthe world focusing on such progressives in the summer of love.  Who knew?

“All You Need is Love” was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first ever live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries and watched by 350 million people, the programme was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967. The BBC had commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the UK’s contribution.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Officials at the BBC did not inform the Beatles about a series of protests regarding the British group’s inclusion in the famed “Our World” satellite program.Recently released BBC documents show the Beatles were unaware the group’s appearance on the first live global satellite transmission as a representative for Britain had been criticized by many, The Sunday Telegraph said.

Those documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the famed June 25, 1967, broadcast was actually filled with animosity.The newly unveiled documents indicate many people considered the Beatles unworthy of being Britain’s representative in the event when compared with other nations’ offerings.

The band later gained international renown for its performance of “All You Need Is Love.”

The newspaper said in addition to keeping the celebrated band in the dark, the satellite event was not received well by the international media.

The documents show French officials briefly considered not taking part in the groundbreaking program, while U.S. TV networks simply dismissed the transmission entirely.

Source: UPI


2 Responses

  1. What people tend to forget back then was a very real issue, called “The Generation Gap”. In 1967 (the year I graduated high school) the gap was wider than ever and the Beatles were considered the cause of it by many in the “establishment”. Kids were tuning in and dropping out and the WWII vets (who were our dads) could not figure out what we were about. The people in this country who controlled the media (TV and newspapers) certainly concidered the Beatles nothing more than a bunch of long haired troublemakers. It was only after the release of Sgt Pepper that mags such as Time and Newsweek even acknowleged thier exsitance (and we wanted nothing to do with either magazine). So we knew about the broadcast, but we also knew that the US would not be broadcasting it. We just chalked it up as another issue of hippies vrs the establishment.

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