July 3, 2022

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Elvis Presley requested to 'swap pants' with Led Zeppelin star

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has at all times been very open about how a lot he adored Elvis Presley through the years. In a single interview, he recalled assembly the King and singing a few of his favorite songs to his idol.

The 2 events turned mates, and within the early Nineteen Seventies Led Zeppelin visited Elvis at his house, Graceland, in Memphis.

Jerry Schilling, a member of Elvis’ entourage – the Memphis Mafia – recalled the historic assembly in his guide Me and a Man Named Elvis. He remembered the fellows having a good time palling round within the King’s monumental property.

And at one level, the rockers and the King determined to swap jewelry across the room. Earlier than lengthy, Elvis determined to modify issues up much more.

Jerry wrote: “Earlier than the night was over, Elvis mentioned he wished to make one other trade. He was out of watches, however had one other little bit of vogue in thoughts. So he stood, eyed [Led Zeppelin drummer] John [Bonham], and mentioned: ‘Let’s swap pants!'”

Elvis’ antics did not cease there. With out lacking a beat, he punctuated his banter with some bodily comedy.

Jerry wrote that Elvis made this pants-swapping request “whereas concurrently, in skilled [Monty] Python vogue, letting his pyjama bottoms drop beneath his gown”.

He added: “[Led Zeppelin’s tour manager] Richard [Cole] was shocked into silence, whereas quiet Sheila and John burst out laughing.”

Via the laughing, Elvis merely stood there ready for a response.

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Plant recalled throughout an interview: “Jimmy Web page joked with Elvis that we by no means sound-checked — but when we did, all I wished to do was sing Elvis songs. Elvis thought that was humorous and requested me, ‘Which songs do you sing?’ I informed him I preferred those with all of the moods, like that nice nation music Love Me.”

So when Plant and Zeppelin had been leaving, Elvis rotated and locked eyes with the singer.

Plant remembered: “He swung ‘around the door body, wanting fairly happy with himself, and began singing that music: ‘Deal with me like a idiot…’ I rotated and did Elvis proper again at him. We stood there, singing to one another. And naturally, we had been simply crying.” 

Elvis met Led Zeppelin for the ultimate time in 1977, simply earlier than his demise.

The King’s stepbrother, David Stanley, recalled the occasion.

He mentioned: “There was one different time the Elvis tour ran throughout the band whereas out on the street. It was on the Washington / Baltimore airport. We had been enjoying in Washington, and Led Zeppelin was enjoying on the Capital Centre. We arrived on the Lisa Marie, Elvis’ non-public jet, and Led Zeppelin arrived on the Caesar’s Chariot. It was a hell of a sight to see these two non-public jets sitting side-by-side on the non-public tarmac.”

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