Elvis Presley was never the same again after army service in Germany, claimed The Beatles
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It was 61 years ago this Friday that Elvis Presley completed his two years in the army in Germany. The young star said goodbye to his future wife Priscilla and headed home to the USA to continue his Hollywood movie career. However, The Beatles legends John Lennon and Paul McCartney felt Elvis was never been the same again.
The Beatles had grown up in Liverpool listening to Elvis’ 1950s hits from Hound Dog to Heartbreak Hotel.
In fact, the Fab Four have been attributed as saying that without The King there would have been no Elvis.
But when the star returned to the US after his time in the army, they felt his military service had “ruined” him.
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.”
McCartney said: “We liked Elvis’ freedom as a trucker, as a guy in jeans and swivelin’ hips.”
“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.”
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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. hat’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 86-years-old this year.
While just two days after giving this interview Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980.
The Beatles and Elvis famously met in 1965 when The King invited the Fab Four to his LA home during the time in his life when he was busy making tons of Hollywood movies.
The story goes that The Beatles were speechless at seeing their idol that Elvis had to break the ice by saying he’d have to go to bed if they didn’t talk to him.
Luckily, The King’s charm worked and the five young men ended up jamming together. Just imagine seeing that!
Both The Beatles and Elvis remain the most successful music artists of all time. The Fab Four are No 1, but The King by himself is the top solo artist.
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