The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney felt Elvis Presley was NEVER the same after THIS
Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up loving Elvis Presley. In fact, John is even attributed as saying everything changed for him after hearing Heartbreak Hotel for the first time. Without Elvis there would have been no Beatles.
However, there was a moment in Elvis Presley’s life that John and Paul felt “ruined” The King.
And that was when he was conscripted to serve in the US Army in West Germany between 1958 and 1960.
According to Paul McCartney’s 1997 authorised biography, Many Years From Now, the Beatle said: “I always thought [his time in the military] ruined Elvis.
“We liked Elvis’ freedom as a trucker, as a guy in jeans and swivelin’ hips.”
McCartney added: “But [we] didn’t like him with the short haircut in the army calling everyone ‘sir.’”
On Elvis’ post-army songs like Hard-Headed Woman, Paul said: “There’s a dreadful great big trombone right in the middle of it, and we thought, ‘What in hell has happened?’
“It just seemed he’d gone establishment, and his records after that weren’t so good.”
While in one of his final interviews, just two days before his death, Lennon also said the army was a big turning point for The King.
Lennon told BBC Radio 1: “When Elvis died, people were harassing me in Tokyo for a comment.
“Well I’ll give it yer now, he died when he went in the army.
“That’s when they killed him. The rest of it was just a living death.”
The 40-year-old felt the experience was the equivalent of Elvis going to a monastery to withdraw.
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Lennon continued: “But [it wasn’t like] going to a Zen monastery and going to India to meditate.
“Or going to Scotland and growing melons or something, whatever they’re doing up there in that place.”
Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42 and would have been 85-years-old this year.
While just two days after giving this interview Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980.
The Beatles legend was only 40-years-old and this Friday would have been his 80th birthday.
Fans can listen to his comments on Elvis in one of his final interviews in a special BBC Radio 2 programme.
The John Lennon at 80 specials are available on BBC Sounds and feature new interviews by Sean Ono Lennon.
Lennon’s younger son speaks with Julian Lennon, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney.
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