In the spring of 1968 an edition of the BBC television series Omnibus was made about the British rock scene. On this day The Beatles appeared in a short sequence for the programme.
In a control room at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr appeared in separate interviews. In his excerpt McCartney stated that “Pop music is the classical music of now,” and paradoxically complained that some people over analysed The Beatles’ music.
George Martin Apple’s Derek Taylor and George Harrison’s mother Louise were also interviewed for the Omnibus edition, although on different dates and at other locations. The final edit also featured news footage of The Beatles in Rishikesh, an interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, scenes of Beatlemania from 1964, Lennon and McCartney interviewed in the US on 14 May, and some scenes from the ‘Lady Madonna’ promo film.
Other acts appearing in the show were Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Donovan, Pink Floyd and The Animals, and Frank Zappa also provided commentary. It was produced and directed by Tony Palmer.
Omnibus – All My Loving was first shown on BBC 1 in black-and-white on 3 November 1968 from 10.40-11.35pm.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live: O2 Arena, London
- 2013: Paul McCartney live: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
- 2011: Paul McCartney live: Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 1968: Apple Tailoring opens in London
- 1967: EMI is informed of the BBC’s ban of A Day In The Life
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Nottingham
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Dalrymple Hall, Fraserburgh, Scotland
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