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Did Elvis Presley hate John Lennon?
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10 February 2014
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ElviszePelvis said

mr. Sun king coming together said
Because when the Beatles became huge in the USA, people forgot about Elvis. So he hated them because he no longer was the king of music.

Very ignorant comment.

Elvis signed into his movie contracts immediately when he came back from the army in 1960 and his movie contracts did not end until 1970. The Beatles took America by storm from 1964-1969. Elvis did not feel threatened by the Beatles because he was not in the music industry at the time. He was out of the loop due to his contracts. Elvis initially had no quarrels with the Beatles which is why he allowed them to come visit him. However as the Beatles began to take a more 'non-musical vocal' approach to things, such as advertising their ideas and pleasures such as drug use and anti-Americanism Elvis began to feel somewhat annoyed by them. That isn't to say they were solely responsible for such ideas, the times seemed to be headed that way with all the demonstrations and such. Elvis hated the entire culture that was forming around America at the time. When he met Nixon he told him, "I want kids to respect the flag because that's being washed away now a days."

It wasn't that he hated them as people even when they became vocal with their ideas but rather the things they were advertising, Lennon especially. How could he hate them when they constantly praised him throughout their career and even 'til this day?

The Beatles were great but let's not turn this into a Beatles vs. Elvis thing. The Beatles existed because of Elvis, as John himself said, "If there had been no Elvis Presley, there would be no Beatles."


 It didn't seem to me that Elvis trusted Nixon much either, he was quoted as saying to Nixon, "Mr. President, we all do respect, you have your show to run, i got mine."



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Sorry messed up above…………..


Here's what I meant to post.

This is a sound clip from, 'Jukebox Jury' a BBC show that was very popular in it's day. Four 'famous for something' members of a Jury give the thumbs-up or down to the weeks new releases……..Acts like the  Stones Kinks Beach-Boys…….Elvis etc.

On one occasion at least, all four Beatles made up the jury. This clip has an idiot girl and John……(who's quite funny and articulate) giving their thoughts on, 'She's a Devil in Disguise'


I doubt what John had to say would have endeared him much to Elvis.



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Elvis didn't like John Lennon's anti-war stance, and thought it was dumb.. even if it was the peaceful answer. Elvis also died out when the Beatles came around.. so he was jealous. Elvis was a very stuck up person I must say, he thought he was well, the King, and took advantage of it. So one someone else came into the picture he was angry he wasn't in the spotlight anymore. 

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"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon
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We're in 2014 so I think it's time to dispel a few myths.

 Also, references to Elvis taking drugs or being weird have no place here. And if there's going to be a contest between the two I'm not that sure it will be an easy win for Elvis. His idiosyncrasies notwithstanding, at least there are no pictures/movies of Elvis and Priscilla naked (although ironically people would have been far more interested in seeing those :D), nor are there any (tea)bag(ging) events and bed peace hairy sessions. It depends on what makes you cringe, I guess.

So did Elvis hate John? I think it's more likely that their respective fans hate each other.

P.S. It's the first time I hear Elvis totally destroyed Bridge over troubled water... perhaps you should check Paul Simon's remarks on that a-hard-days-night-george-10


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What a very interesting thread.  It's been known for a quite awhile that Presley had become annoyed by Lennon's activism.  Presley was annoyed by a lot of things.  As was John Lennon.  But it could have been anybody.  It could have been someone else entirely, who was doing and saying the things Lennon was, and they would have annoyed Presley.  It just happened to be Lennon.

Both men had a penchant for letting their mouth over-ride their brain.  Lennon made a habit of admitting to this, on numerous occasions.  So it's logical to assume that some of the things the one had said and did, would irritate the other, especially a person of a conservative nature like Presley.  It's fair to assume he "didn't take kindly" to statements Lennon made about the U.S. Government.

Did Presley hate Lennon?  Hate is a pretty strong word and usually requires some sort of personal connection.  I don't think that existed between the two.  I doubt whatever resentment Presley felt towards Lennon was actual hate.  Nor do I think he ever felt threatened by The Beatles.  While they were both icons of Rock music, by the time The Beatles stormed America, they were so far apart, musically, it didn't matter.  They both dominated record sales and, as has been pointed out, Presley was being led away from music to concentrate on movies.

It's true that Lennon once said if it hadn't been for Presley, he'd had never gone into music.

It's also true that Lennon had little impact on Presley.

“Send John out first; he’s the one they want.” ~ someone said it, dammit. Memphis, 1966
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