The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 7, 1967

UK single release: All You Need Is Love

The Beatles' 15th UK single, All You Need Is Love, was rush-released in the wake of the Our World satellite broadcast.

It was issued as Parlophone R 5620, on mono only. Remarkably, it was the first Beatles single to carry a producer credit for George Martin. The b-side was Baby You're A Rich Man.

All You Need Is Love was, predictably, a smash hit, both in the UK and around the world. Five days after its release it was at number one in the charts, where it remained for four weeks. In all it spent 13 weeks in the charts.

On another note:

On July 7, 1967, Harry Epstein died at the age of 63. Brian Epstein was at Queenie’s side within hours of the death and made the arrangements. “The loss of his father shattered Brian,” wrote Coleman. “The years of pre-Beatles misunderstanding had been replaced by Harry’s pride in his eldest son’s achievements and fame. On the return from the cemetery to the new Epstein home in Woolton, he sobbed uncontrollably in the car.”

Epstein stayed with Queenie at her house during the week of shiva. Away from the world of the Beatles, he found time for reflection. “My father’s passing has given me the added responsibility of my mother,” he wrote his friend Nat Weiss. “The week of shiva is up tonight and I feel a bit strange. Probably been good for me in a way. Time to think and note that at least now I’m really needed by Mother. Also time to note that the unworldly Jewish circle of my parents’ and brother’s friends are not so bad. Provincial, maybe, but warm, sincere and basic.”

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