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“All You Need Is Love”
“All You Need Is Love” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "Baby, You're a Rich Man"
Released 7 July 1967 (UK)
17 July 1967 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Olympic Studios: 14 June 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock / Experimental rock
Length 3:47
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (U.S.)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Strawberry Fields Forever" / "Penny Lane"
"All You Need Is Love" / "Baby, You're a Rich Man"
"Hello, Goodbye" /
"I Am The Walrus"

I think if you get down to basics, whatever the problem is, it's usually to do with love. So I think 'All You Need is Love' is a true statement. I'm not saying, 'All you have to do is...' because 'All You Need' came out in the Flower Power Generation time. It doesn't mean that all you have to do is put on a phoney smile or wear a flower dress and it's gonna be alright. Love is not just something that you stick on posters or stick on the back of your car, or on the back of your jacket or on a badge. I'm talking about real love, so I still believe that. Love is appreciation of other people and allowing them to be. Love is allowing somebody to be themselves and that's what we do need.

—John Lennon, 1971

We had been told we'd be seen recording it by the whole world at the same time. So we had one message for the world-- Love. We need more love in the world.

—Paul McCartney, 1967

All You Need Is Love was John's song. I threw in a few ideas, as did other members of the group, but it was largely ad libs like singing "She Loves You" or "Greensleeves" or silly little things like that at the end, and we made those up on the spot.

—Paul McCartney, 1994


Watch the live broadcast from Olympic Studios (June 14, 1967):

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