How John Lennon Convinced Mick Jagger to Never Meet Elvis Presley

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mick Jagger and others in a studio

John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and Elvis Presley are three of probably the most well-known rock stars ever, nonetheless, they didn’t at all times have good issues to say about one another. John as soon as satisfied Jagger to not meet Presley. Here’s a have a look at how Jagger finally felt about that call.

Mick Jagger and others in a studio
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The unfavorable issues Mick Jagger stated about Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry

In an interview on Paul Du Noyer‘s web site, Du Noyer requested Jagger if he might title considered one of his heroes. “There was Elvis, I suppose, though he was so ghastly in other ways and you somehow knew it,” Jagger stated. “Plus, he didn’t write, and the other people who were influential, say Chuck Berry, were all writers, who would inspire you to be a writer and influence your style.”

Although Berry influenced Jagger, Jagger nonetheless felt dissatisfied when he met Berry. Why? Jagger remembers Berry being “rude,” “overbearing,” and “oddly cheap.” He stated he didn’t idolize Berry as a lot as Keith Richards did so Richards was way more dissatisfied when he met Berry. Jagger’s expertise with Berry — in addition to a dialog with John — satisfied him to not meet Presley. 

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“Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley

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“I never met Elvis either, because John Lennon once told me he was a real disappointment,” Jagger stated. “So I said I’d take his advice, because I’d already had it with Chuck Berry and I didn’t want it to happen again with Elvis.”

Jagger had some second ideas about his choice. “Though now, of course, I wish I had met Elvis, you know what I mean? You never think, ‘Oh he’s gonna die soon, I’d better hurry up and meet him.’ Because in those days he wasn’t very old. If nothing else, you’d still be able to talk about it, wouldn’t you?” Afterward, Jagger stated he was glad he met Berry, flaws and all.

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“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

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What was John Lennon referring to?

In the quote, Jagger discusses John being dissatisfied in Presley. It seems he was referring to the time Presley met The Beatles in Graceland in 1965. The assembly was initially awkward, with the Fab Four saying little or no to Presley, their idol.

It’s fascinating to suppose The Beatles might be starstruck by anybody. Supposedly, the ambiance that night time turned livelier as soon as The Beatles began enjoying music with Presley, however John apparently had some unfavorable issues to say in regards to the assembly when he discussed Presley with Jagger.

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“Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley

Are The Rolling Stones extra acclaimed than Elvis Presley?

So there was a time when Jagger felt Presley could be a disappointment. This raises an fascinating query: Who at present has extra important respect — Presley or The Rolling Stones? Rolling Stone launched a listing of the best artists of all time in 2010. The Rolling Stones are in fourth place on the record, behind Presley, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles. Jagger was apprehensive Presley would disappoint him — however Presley didn’t disappoint the critics.

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