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Did Elvis Presley hate John Lennon?
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Did you know that ordering your martini cocktail "shaken, not stirred" doesn't make you James Bond?

Did you know that snorting your favorite rock star's "medication" doesn't put you in the same league with him? (but you might sound like one of his skipping records when posting on a forum)   

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Wow, this is interesting, but makes sense. I have never heard about this! 

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I'm all shook up!

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk38/rickdelsie/The%20Beatles/parlunread_zps28270d9d.gif BEATLES Music gives me Eargasms!  apple01

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The Beatles were definitely a sign of changing times and the more old-fashioned Elvis (although very progressive for his time) was left in the dust.  I can see why he was upset.

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"Elvis liked all the Beatles, but John was his favorite. Years later John had Elvis' hotline number, which very few people did. Elvis later told me that in the seventies, when the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service sought to deport John...he advised John to make a public statement against drugs, which he did." --Larry Geller

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"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

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Ron Nasty said (on 7 January 2013)

Funny Paper said

meanmistermustard said  John was right when he said that Elvis died when he went into the Army.

Actually, I think the quote was slightly different -- and so had a much broader and more profound import:

"Rock died when Elvis joined the Army."

The quote was, not sure from exactly which interview (maybe the Playboy), but one of the 1980 interviews:

"Up until Elvis joined the army, I thought it was beautiful music and Elvis was for me and my generation what the Beatles were to the '60s. But after he went into the army, I think they cut "les bollocks" off. They not only shaved his hair off but I think they shaved between his legs, too. He played some good stuff after the army, but it was never quite the same, It was like something happened to him psychologically. Elvis really died the day he joined the army. That's when they killed him, and the rest was a living death."

So, the quote was specifically about Elvis and not rock'n'roll in general, though he had similar views about what happened to that early period of rock'n'roll.

It's interesting to discover that John was offering this same view on Elvis, minus the death parallels, to French television in 1975. It can be found here, though you need to tune out the translator.

It shows John had a pretty consistent view on Elvis' career during the last years of his life, a view that wasn't changed and made more sympathetic following the death of Elvis.

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Expert Textpert said
"Elvis liked all the Beatles, but John was his favorite. Years later John had Elvis' hotline number, which very few people did. Elvis later told me that in the seventies, when the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service sought to deport John...he advised John to make a public statement against drugs, which he did." --Larry Geller

  

Just curoius...how was that public statement done? ... in interviews, or newspaper, or press conference...? 

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I believe it was something he said in court during his immigration hearing, but I’m not sure.

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It is amazing to me that John Lennon immediately addressed Elvis' major issue at their meeting, which was, in effect, how did he lose his clout?  I see that as pure Lennon -- getting to the guts of the matter with no delay.  I can only imagine that this had a significant effect on Elvis, who was looking for ways to increase his presence, such as by performing opera, which he was not able to do because of the machinations of Col. Parker.  So, no, I do not think Elvis hated the Beatles. 

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I don’t think Elvia hated the Beatles but I’d imagine he was envious of their success and popularity, mainly as he was wasting away in a mansion making crap Run Of The Mill films no one carried about, miles away from the actual fans. It must have played in his head when seeing The Beatles out there being hero worshipped at every turn. 

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Expert Textpert said
"Elvis liked all the Beatles, but John was his favorite. Years later John had Elvis' hotline number, which very few people did. Elvis later told me that in the seventies, when the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service sought to deport John...he advised John to make a public statement against drugs, which he did." --Larry Geller

  

Even if Elvis hated John I’d still be able to put that aside, but this makes me happy. John and Elvis are two titans of music, so even this little encounter shows they got on well enough more than I thought. 

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