Elvis Presley remembered by The Beatles
Today is Elvis' 80th birthday. In archival video footage, the Fab Four recall their one meeting with 'the King' in 1965.
By George Varga
JAN. 8, 2015
It's been 38 years since Elvis Presley permanently left the building. But the legacy of the man once hailed as the King lives on.
"Elvis is my man," Paul McCartney said. "He was a big influence on the Beatles and he just was great."
The other Beatles largely agreed, as you can see in this video, which is excerpted from "The Beatles Anthology." Paul, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all sound giddy about having met Presley, a key Fab Four inspiration and a game-changing influence on an entire generation of young rock fans in the 1950s and beyond.
This June 30, 1956 photo provided by courtesy of Taschen shows, "The Kiss," at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Va. The image is Wertheimer's most iconic photograph, and the identity of the woman was unknown until she came forward in 2011. The photograph is included in the book, "Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll, " by author/photographer, Alfred Wertheimer, published by Taschen. Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. He was 85. (AP Photo/Courtesy Taschen, Copyright Alfred Wertheimer) The Associated Press
To hear the late Harrison tell it, The Beatles were pretty stoned when they got together with Presley in August 1965 at Presley's mansion near Beverly Hills. (The next day saw The Beatles give the only San Diego concert performance of their career at Balboa Stadium.)
Lennon recalls that the Fab Four jammed with Presley, an event his former band mates laughingly dispute. As for the rest of their meeting with Presley, who performed in San Diego at least three times, well, watch for yourself:
The Beatles recall their one meeting with Elvis Presley