John Lennon was somebody who, to many, was not simply starstruck. However, Elvis Presley was an enormous affect and inspiration for Lennon, and assembly him was a dream. Before a gathering between the pair which has gone down in music historical past, what did Lennon say about his idol?
One of John Lennon’s well-known quotes has gone down in annuls of music historical past about his obsession with Elvis Presley.
In Hunter Davies’ The Beatles, John was reported as saying: “Nothing affected me until I heard Elvis. Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles.”
As effectively as this, John has additionally been reported as saying: “When I heard [Heartbreak Hotel], it was the top for me…
“Once I heard it and acquired into it, that was life, there was no different factor. I considered nothing else however rock ‘n’ roll.”
“It took us a very long time to work what was happening. To us, it simply sounded as a noise that was nice.”
However, later in life, in his famed 1980s Playboy interview with Yoko Ono, John was slightly unkind about his idol, although this remark did come after the pair had a clumsy assembly.
He stated: “When Help! got here out in ’65, I used to be really crying out for assist…
“It was my fats Elvis interval. You see the film: He – I – may be very fats, very insecure, and he is utterly misplaced himself.
“And I’m singing about once I was a lot youthful and all the remaining, trying again at how straightforward it was.”
People believed Elvis to have misplaced his contact in his later years, donning white bedazzled jumpsuits on levels in Las Vegas.
However, in the identical interview, John stated The King “might have been a father figure,” which exhibits how sturdy his affect was.
Did Elvis Presley and John Lennon ever meet?
Elvis Presley is reported to have disliked John Lennon significantly, even requesting he be faraway from the USA due to a few of his views.
This all got here to move, in line with journalist and PR man Chris Hutchins, when Elvis and the Beatles met at a celebration, and issues had been tense in a short time.
He stated: “His dislike of the pacifist Beatle was born from the night time I took the Fab Four to his home for his or her first – and final – assembly.
“John had irritated Presley by making his anti-war emotions identified the second he stepped into the large lounge and noticed the desk lamps – mannequin wagons engraved with the message: ‘All the way with LBJ [former US President Lyndon B Johnson]’.
“Lennon hated President Lyndon B Johnson for elevating the stakes within the Vietnam War.”
Of course, Elvis served within the military from 1958 to 1960, throughout which he had a really rocky time and it grew to become formative in his life.
During his time stationed within the USA, Elvis’ mom, Gladys, died, after which he was despatched to Germany to serve, assembly his future spouse, Priscilla.
However, this time was additionally necessary to Elvis because it as been claimed it was throughout this time Elvis started to make use of amphetamines and different medicine, which ultimately brought on his sick well being and demise.
But no matter this, he felt John’s anti-war and anti-army sentiments had been un-American, a lot so he needed to see the Liverpudlian booted in a foreign country.
Chris Hutchins added: “Presley allied himself with the FBI director Edgar Hoover and encouraged him to have Lennon thrown out of the US.”
Clearly the pair had been by no means destined to be buddies, regardless of John and his bandmates’ love of the legendary singer.