September 21, 2011 at 7:23 am , by Bryan
In 1967, The Beatles were asked to represent the UK for a global satellite broadcast called Our World.
The event required The Beatles to create a song with a “simple message” that would be easily understood by all languages and translations.
They would record it live in the studio for the satellite broadcast on June 25.
The group decided to write a little song called “All You Need Is Love”. They chose it because they felt it had the simple message that the Our World event wanted to convey. John Lennon finalized the song in the days leading up to the broadcast.
The group sent out word that they wanted a live audience in the London area to help with background vocals and hand claps during the recording.
Not surprisingly, when the broadcast date finally arrived they wound up with a few high profile musicians showing up, including:
- Mick Jagger
- Keith Richards
- Eric Clapton
- Graham Nash
- and of course, Keith Moon…
Keith and his wife Kim spent the day singing backup and clapping to the beat. I posted a video of the event
but I could not locate Keith in it. **** 11/9/11 Update: An eagle eyed reader named Per has pointed out that Keith can be seen playing percussion at 3:33 on the video. Check the bottom right corner for about 2 seconds or so. After I received this info, I was able to figure out that Keith actually can be seen throughout the video, every time Ringo is shown (albeit not very clearly). Keith is sitting right next to Ringo and is actually playing drums alongside him. It seems that Ringo had him playing the brush sticks instead of his usual heavy wood drumsticks. I don’t blame Ringo for putting Keith on the brushes. Keith might have otherwise taken over the entire recording. The rest of the Beatles might have then voted to replace Ringo with Keith Moon, kind of like they did to Pete Best a few years earlier.
I am posting a couple of pictures here of Keith and Kim at the event including a shot with Brian Epstein (The Beatles manager). The fact that Keith was part of the recording for one of the great Beatles songs of all time is just another cool Keith Moon nugget I needed to share.
Video of the event below:
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