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Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Beatles-All You Need is Love

 Late June 1967-The Haight/Ashbury: 'We had all, the whole neighborhood, waited days for this moment. The Beatles were doing a live international telecast from Abby Road Studios. The Stones were going to be there, amongst others, and The Beatles were going to perform their brand new song, ‘All You Need is Love’ for the very first time. Because TV’s were hardly common in the flop houses around us, some of the people in our part of town were coming over to watch it with us. I quickly put away the stuff for the paper, grabbed a pen and a piece of paper, and the tape recorder. I was going to attempt to bootleg the performance from the speakers in our television set. It was hard that night to connect the four talented almost hippies on the screen with the four incredibly clean cut mop tops in matching suits that I had watched at Shea Stadium two years before. But I liked the new look and I loved the new sound. There were fifteen to twenty people in Jack’s apartment during the show and no one spoke. We all watched, we all listened, and we all felt that The Beatles had at last found themselves just as we had. All You Need is Love hadn’t been on the radio yet. It hadn’t been released on vinyl and wouldn’t be until later that year. That day was the first time we had ever heard it. I watched John sing it in his Sergeant Pepper’s outfit and I fell in love with it. It was the anthem of the summer of 1967. It was the pure truth. It was the gospel according to John, Paul, George, and Ringo and they were part of that great religion we worshiped called Rock ‘n  Roll.'

Come on, guys, what more could I add to that? Liz said it all.... :)

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