Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 25th

On a television program called "Our World", beamed via satellite to 25 countries around the world, The Beatles perform "All You Need Is Love".  An estimated audience of 400 million people worldwide are believed to have watched this program.  

The Beatles were commissioned by The BBC to compose a song "with a message" for The United Kingdom's entry … and they came up with a doozie!  "All You Need Is Love" became a universal message, aptly timed to coincide with The Summer of Love.  When it was released as a single two weeks later, it went straight to #1 … and is still considered a peace anthem to this day.  

Joining them in the studio for this very special live broadcast event were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Mike (McGear) McCartney, Graham Nash and Beatles biographer Hunter Davies.  

Earlier that same day, The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed a free afternoon concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.  That evening they were back on stage for two shows at The Filmore West.  

Shifting gears a little bit … ok, a lot … Ed Sullivan hosts Connie Francis and Ronnie Dove on tonight's program.  

Meanwhile, Jefferson Airplane make their second appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  

One of my favorite movies of 1967 … and of all time … "The Dirty Dozen" takes over the top spot at the box office this week.  It'll hold that position for a total of five non-consecutive weeks this year.