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                                                                                                            Hello Goodbye


Three promotional films were made for Hello Goodbye, and directed by McCartney.  They were filmed on 10th of November, 1967, at the Saville Theatre in London. The films were not aired by the BBC due to the Musicians Union's strict rules on miming; with no such restriction in the US.   One film was screened on The Ed Sullivan Show on 26th November.

     Two of the films feature The Beatles wearing their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, with hula dancers dancing in front of a psychedelic backdrop. Both feature The Beatles wearing their 1963 gray Merseybeat suits, and one film is intercut with them dancing the Twist.

     The third film also has hula dancers dancing about, with the Beatles in bright casual clothes of the period (except for Lennon who is in a black and white suit). The background is of a vibrant rural scene. All three videos show a clean shaven Lennon without his granny glasses.

                                                                                                 Strawberry Fields & Penny Lane

     

The promotional film for "Strawberry Fields Forever" was an early example of what latter became known as a music video.  It was filmed on 30th and 31st of January 1967, in Knole Park in Sevenoaks. It was directed by Swedish television director Peter Goldman. Goldman was a friend of Klaus Voormann, who had recommended Peter to the group.  The film featured, reverse film effects, stop motion animation, jump-cuts from daytime to night-time, and The Beatles playing and later pouring paint over an upright piano.  

     

    

 During the same visit to Knole Park, Goldman produced the promotional film for "Penny Lane," the reverse side of the "Strawberry Fields Forever" single. During this same stay in Sevenoaks, John Lennon wandered into an antique gallery and purchased the poster for Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal that would inspire the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"  

     The promotional films for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" were selected by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, as two of the most influential music videos of the late 1960s.  Both were originally broadcast in the US on 25th February 1967, on the variety show “The Hollywood Palace”, with actor Van Johnson as host.  The Ed Sullivan Show, and other variety shows, soon dropped their time constraints to allow for psychedelic music performances. A cartoon based on the song was the final episode produced for The Beatles animated television series.

                                                                                                                All You Need Is Love

    


 In the summer of 1967, on the 18th of May, The Beatles signed a contract to represent the BBC, and Britain, on “Our World”, the world's first live television satellite link-up. It would be seen by approximately 400 million people, across five continents.

     The Beatles appearance was announced four days later, on 22nd of May.  John Lennon wrote the song especially for the occasion, to the brief given by the BBC: it had to be simple so that viewers around the world would understand it.

     Our World took place on the 25th of June 1967. Between the announcement and the broadcast date, The Beatles recorded the rhythm track and some basic vocals.

     The satellite link-up was devised by the BBC, which took the idea to the European Broadcasting Union in 1966. The project editor was BBC’s executive Aubrey Singer. Personalities from 19 nations performed, including Maria Callas, and Pablo Picasso, in separate items from their respective countries. The event, which lasted two-and-a-half hours, had the largest television audience to date.

     For the live performance, which took place at 9.36 PM GMT, The Beatles played along to their pre-recorded backing track. The vocals, bass guitar, guitar solo, drums and 13 piece orchestra were live. To reduce the chances of on-air errors, the event was carefully arranged, although care was taken to make it seem spontaneous.

     The live sequence began with reporter Steve Race introducing the group, as the backing track played. The director Derek Burrell-Davis then cut to the studio control room, from where George Martin announced that the orchestra should begin.

     The Beatles then performed “All You Need Is Love”, seated apart from Ringo Starr on high stools, and surrounded by various friends. The friends included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Graham Nash and Hunter Davies. All were dressed in colorful clothes, and were surrounded by flowers, balloons and placards.

                                                                                               Something

        

The promotional video for "Something" was shot shortly

  after John Lennon had privately Announced

 that he was leaving the band.


     



By this time, the individual Beatles had drawn apart. The film consisted of separate clips of each Beatle walking around his home, accompanied by his wife, then edited together. The film was directed by Neil Aspinall.

                                                              

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