The “All You Need Is Love” live satellite broadcast was part of a program called “Our World,” which the BBC promoted as

For the first time ever, linking five continents and bringing man face to face with mankind, in places as far apart as Canberra and Cape Kennedy, Moscow and Montreal, Samarkand and Söderfors, Takamatsu and Tunis.

“Actually,” notes Mark Lewisohn, “the Soviet Union dropped out at the last minute.” But “as much as these things can be measured, 400 million people across five continents tuned in and saw this Beatles recording session.”

It is, sadly, somewhat difficult for us today to see it. The greedheads who control The Beatles’ copyrights work overtime to keep a lot of their material off the internet, unwilling to risk even the slightest compromise of their license to print money. I don’t necessarily blame Paul or Yoko for this; at this point they are just cogs in the vast Beatles Industrial Complex. But it still sucks.

This was the best version I was able to find:

I’ve always been impressed by how calm, cool, and collected John Lennon looks, casually chewing gum as he sings to the whole wide world. But according to Geoff Emerick, he was quite nervous:

[I was] struck by how visibly nervous John was, which was quite unusual for him: we’d never seen him wound up so tightly. He was smoking like a chimney and swigging directly from a pint bottle of milk, despite warnings from George Martin that it was bad for his voice – advice that Lennon studiously ignored. One time as I passed by, I heard John mumbling to himself, “Oh, God, I hope I get the words right.”

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