The Beatles performed their classic track “All You Need Is Love” live as part of a television special called “Our World” On June 25, 1967. In an effort to keep their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” a singular work, the group elected not to release any singles, rather to give the live television performance.
For the song’s first live performance, the Fab Four were surrounded by a small orchestra with friends and fans, including many celebrities, seated on the floor of the studio. The orchestral sounds, along with several of the Beatles’ instruments, were overdubbed into the performance.
Looking back on the track in the “Beatles Anthology,” Paul McCartney says the song remains a career high point: “I’m very proud to be in the band that did that song and thought those thoughts and encouraged people to think them . . . we done good!”