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Elvis Meets the Beatles.. It lasted for about two or three hours and there were no cameras taken -- no pictures whatsoever. People say there's. 27, , as the Beatles met Elvis Presley. They'd first tried for an introduction during a celebrated U.S. tour; the stars finally aligned. The Beatles' former press officer recalls the first and only meeting between the Fab Four and the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
There's this dead silence in the room until Elvis says, 'Well, what-the-hell, if you guys aren't going to talk to me I'm going to my bedroom'. And then everyone started to laugh and that broke the ice. Elvis Meets the Beatles August 27, The Beatles Remember John Lennon: When I first heard 'Heartbreak Hotel', I could hardly make out what was being said.
It was just the experience of hearing it and having my hair stand on end. We'd never heard American voices singing like that. They'd always sung like Sinatra or enunciated very well. Suddenly, there's this hillbilly hiccuping on tape echo and all this bluesy background going on. It took a long time to work out what was going on. To us, it just sounded like a noise that was great. He was just Elvis, you know? He seemed normal to us, and we were asking about his making movies and not doing any personal appearances or TV.
I asked him if he was preparing new ideas for his next film and he drawled, 'Ah sure am. Ah play a country boy with a guitar who meets a few gals along the way, and ah sing a few songs'. We all looked at one another. Finally Presley and Colonel Parker laughed and explained that the only time they departed from that formula - for Wild in the Country - they lost money. We never watch it - it's just there with no sound on, and we listen to records.
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In front of the TV, he had a massive amplifier with a bass plugged into it, and he was up playing bass all the time with the picture up on the TV. So we just got in there and played with him. We all plugged in whatever was around, and we played and sang.
He had a jukebox, like I do, but I think he had all his hits on it. But if I'd made as many as him, maybe I'd have all mine on. We'd tried to meet Elvis during our first tour of the States inbut couldn't make it because of his commitments and ours. But when we came in the summer of we found we'd be in Hollywood at the same time Elvis was filming there.
And that's how we met Elvis on the night of Friday, August 27, It still took three days of planning to set up the get together in Elvis' house -- which we hoped would be a secret. But the fans and the press still got wind of it and were there in their hundreds trying to get in, and although we were used to crowds, the thought of Elvis and the Beatles being together at one time just blew the minds of some of the people.
He looked great in black slacks, a red shirt and close fitting black jerkin. He said hello in his quietly spoken way and led us into this huge circular room. We were joined by some his staff as well as Colonel Parker and Brian Epstein. I know Paul, George, and Ringo were feeling as nervous as I was. This was the guy we had all idolized for years--from way back when were just starting out in Liverpool.
He was a legend in his own lifetime, and it's never easy meeting a legend in his own lifetime. However, Elvis tried to make us feel at home. He sat - Paul and me on one side of him and Ringo on the other. George sat cross-legged on the floor. A huge color television was on in the middle of the room with the sound off, while a record player was playing the latest tunes. We could have just walked in on an average Elvis-at-home evening.
Elvis obviously liked to treat everybody he met the same, whoever they were.
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He finally broke the silence that had fallen over the room. He smiled, and we all laughed. One of Elvis' staff brought us drinks, but while we all drank scotch-and coke or bourbon-and-Seven Up, Elvis only had Seven Up. He didn't touch any of the cigarettes that were offered around, either.
After a bit Elvis said, 'Somebody bring in the guitars'. Again one of his men jumped up, and within moments three electric guitars had been plugged into the amplifiers in the room.
Elvis took a bass guitar, and I took a rhythm guitar. Elvis obviously wasn't that familiar with his instrument, so Paul gave him some instructions. George was busy looking over his instrument, and it was a few minutes before he joined in. After that I said, 'This beats talking, doesn't it' -- and we had at last found a way of communicating through music.
Only Ringo looked a bit down. He could only watch us and drum on the side of his chair. After a while, Paul put down his guitar and went over to the large white grand piano that stood in a corner by the bar. He began to pick out some notes and we got into one of the Shadows tunes.
While all this was going on, Brian and the Colonel sat chatting at the back of the room. Then they went out into the games room to play some roulette.
I think Brian won a bit, and the Colonel lost a little. Playing the instruments certainly helped us feel at ease with Elvis.
After about an hour we stopped and began to talk about the thing we all knew best --entertaining. In particular, the experiences we'd all had on tour. It was lucky the guys and I got off in time. They tipped the whole damn rostrum over! I remember one fellow rushed on stage when were performing and pulled the leads out of the amplifiers. Then he turned to me and said, 'One move and you're dead'. Elvis replied, 'Yeah, it can be pretty scaring at times. If somebody pushed me on stage and said, 'You're on your own, like they do with you, I don't know how I'd cope'.
The conversation then moved on to the problem of flying, which Elvis admitted could bother him. Boy, was I scared! I really thought my number was up.
We had to take everything that was sharp out of our pockets and rest our heads on pillow between our knees. When we finally got down safely, the pilot was soaking with sweat, although there was snow on the ground outside'. George told Elvis a similar story about when he had been flying from Liverpool and the window beside him had suddenly sprung open.
We pay the price for fame with our nerves don't we! Everyone knew how much he loved them, and he'd just got himself a Rolls-Royce Phantom Five. Mine is just the same except I've had all the chrome bits painted black'. It was 2 AM when we finally quit. Elvis had been a great host and gave all of us a complete set of his records.
It was a night none of us would forget. As we were about to leave, Paul said, 'Elvis, we'd like you and the other guys to come up to the place where we are staying tomorrow night'. But thanks all the same'. He smiled and shook our hands. We never saw him again. It was Elvis' sense of humor that stuck in my mind. He liked to laugh and make others laugh, too. We'd tried for years to, but we could never get to him. He was our greatest idol, but the styles were changing in favor of us.
He was a pretty powerful image to British people. You'd look at photos of him doing American concerts, and the audience would not even be jumping up and down. We used to be amazed, seeing them sitting in the front row - not even dancing. We played a bit of pool with a few of his motorcycle mates, and at about ten o'clock, Priscilla was brought in.
To demonstrate the respect that country-and-western people have for their wives. Sometimes it's a bit on the surface - as maybe their situation was shown to be later. It was like, 'Here's Priscilla'. She came in, and I got this picture of her as a sort of a Barbie doll - with a purple gingham dress and a gingham bow in her very beehive hair, with lots of makeup.
We all said hello, and then it was, 'Right, lads, hands off - she's going'. She didn't stay long. That was the great thing for me, that he was into the bass, So there I was, 'Well, let me show you a thing or two, El It was a great conversation piece for me. I could actually talk about the bass, and we sat around and just enjoyed ourselves.
He was great - talkative and friendly and a little bit shy. But that was his image. We expected that, we hoped for that. It was one of the great meetings of my life. I think he liked us. I think at that time, he may have felt a little bit threatened, but he didn't say anything. We certainly didn't feel any antagonism. These were great times, so even if you didn't enjoy all of the events that much, you could still go home to Liverpool and say, 'Well, you know who I met?
Joe Esposito Remembers Q: How about that historic night with the Fab Four. We have the different angles from some of the other guys who were there. But Elvis, like all iconic entertainers, was conscious of competitors. He understood that generational idols come and go, and that, for this new generation, the Beatles were the new idols. He viewed this whole world of music coming from England - the Beatles and Stones and the Dave Clark Five - with tremendous interest and I suppose some trepidation.
He acknowledged their talent and energy - he told me so on many occasions - but he worried about losing popularity. And inno one was more popular than the Beatles. Charlie Rich - Mohair Sam. The night they arrived at our house on Perugia Way in Bel Air there were nearly as many security men outside as fans. This was definitely treated as a summit. The fact that Elvis greeted them with studied casualness didn't mean he didn't care. He was simply affirming his role as Original King. The Beatles respected that role enormously.
When they were escorted into our living room and finally greeted Elvis, all they could do was stare, especially John and Paul. Intimidation was written all over their faces.
They couldn't have been more humble. At first it was awkward. They looked to Elvis for an agenda. Clearly Elvis was running the show. Use of Your Information 3. We also may use or combine information that we collect from the Services with information provided by third parties, including demographic information and other attributes, and organizational affiliations. Sharing Information With Third Parties 4. We may provide additional information that we have collected about you both directly and automatically to these third parties.
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