July 6, 2022


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John Lennon 'hated' Elvis Presley's new single – 'Don't like him anymore'

On June 22, 1963, John Lennon deserted the remainder of The Beatles to seem on the BBC TV present Jukebox Jury. In the course of the present, Lennon was tasked with judging the most recent and biggest singles from the music world.

And, though the Liverpudlian star was a lifelong fan of Elvis Presley, he didn’t like Elvis’ newest “terrible” track, (You are the) Satan in Disguise.

Elvis launched the one in 1963 on RCA Victor and had Please Do not Drag That String Round as a B-side. And whereas any new music from Elvis was thrilling, when Lennon heard the monitor he devastated viewers by asserting how he wasn’t a fan – which was shocking contemplating how a lot he idolised the King.

Over time Lennon spoke extraordinarily fondly of Elvis. He even as soon as famously mentioned: “Nothing affected me till I heard Elvis. With out Elvis, there could be no Beatles.” He idolised the singer rising up and even styled The Beatles’ authentic greased-back hair and leather-based jacket look on the American rocker’s signature look.

However Lennon was candid about his disdain for the brand new track.

Lennon instructed the viewers: “Properly, you realize, I used to go mad on Elvis, like all of the teams, however not now. I do not like this.” He added: “I hate songs with ‘stroll’ and ‘speak’ in it – you realize, these lyrics. ‘She walks, she talks.’ I do not like that.”

Occurring to criticise Elvis’ track composition, Lennon added: “I do not just like the double beat: doom-cha doom-cha, that bit. It is terrible.” He paused earlier than including: “Poor ol’ Elvis.”

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Elvis’ (You are the) Satan in Disguise went straight to primary within the UK Singles Charts when it was launched. It additionally hit quantity three within the US Billboard Singles Chart. The monitor was later licensed Gold after promoting greater than 500,000 models worldwide.

Lennon wasn’t the one member of The Beatles who was not a fan of Elvis throughout his later years, nonetheless. 

George Harrison additionally spoke out about Elvis’ music throughout an episode of Jukebox Jury again within the Nineteen Sixties. Harrison was performed Elvis’ new track on the time Kiss Me Fast. Upon listening to the monitor he mentioned he “didn’t prefer it in any respect”. He continued: “It’s an outdated monitor. And I believe, seeing as they’re releasing outdated stuff, in the event that they launch one thing like My Child Left Me, it’d be primary as a result of Elvis is certainly nonetheless fashionable. It’s simply the track’s a load of garbage. I imply, Elvis is nice. He’s effective. But it surely’s not for me.”