The No. 1 Beatles Hit John Lennon Said He Wrote ‘in My Fat Elvis Period’

by Jeremy Spirogis
The No. 1 Beatles Hit John Lennon Said He Wrote ‘in My Fat Elvis Period’

John Lennon’s wit was one thing particular. Whether dropping a one-liner in an interview or rhyming “cigarette” with “stupid get” (at Sir Walter Raleigh’s expense), John had a manner of entertaining himself and his viewers at any time when he spoke.

Of course, John might get himself into hassle when he bought on a roll (see: “bigger than Jesus”). But when he saved his give attention to the secular, all people gained. In his final main interview, John was at his wittiest when savaging Beatles songs and in any other case describing his life in music.

At a number of factors, John turned the goal of his personal ridicule, as when describing the interval that drove him to jot down “Help!” While taking the interviewer by the very actual ache he felt throughout these months, John couldn’t resist a one-liner. “It was my fat Elvis period,” he stated.

John wrote ‘Help!’ throughout 1 of the darker instances of his life

A considerably heavier-set John Lennon poses carrying sun shades in 1965. | Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns

John was normally open concerning the robust moments of his life in interviews, and he spoke freely about “Help!” in a number of interviews. “It makes me feel secure to know that I was aware of myself then,” he informed Rolling Stone in 1970. “It was just me singing ‘help’ and I meant it.”

In 1980, talking with Playboy’s David Sheff, John expanded on that concept and was much more open. “I didn’t realize it at the time … but later, I knew I really was crying out for help,” he stated, earlier than dropping his “fat Elvis” line. 

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“You see the movie: He — I — is very fat, very insecure, and he’s completely lost himself,” John added. “And I am singing about when I was so much younger and all the rest, looking back at how easy it was.”

By ’80, John had been by breakups, remedy, an estrangement from Yoko, their reconciliation, and the start of a second son. And he appeared way more able to dealing with issues. “I don’t know whether you learn control or, when you grow up, you calm down a little. [But] I was fat and depressed crying out for help.”

‘Help!’ spent three weeks at No. 1 in late ’65

1965: ‘The Beatles’ drink a beer in a nonetheless from their film ‘Help! | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Speaking to Playboy, John defined what was behind his melancholy whereas making the second Beatles film. “The Beatles thing had just gone beyond comprehension,” he stated. “We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. Nobody could communicate with us … [we were] in our own world.”

Originally, John (with an help from Paul McCartney) wrote the tune to a medium tempo. However, with the band and Parlophone attempting to commercialize a monitor destined to be a single, the Fab Four made it quicker within the recording studio.

As traditional, the system labored. “Help!” hit the charts in the summertime of ’65 and shortly rose to No. 1 within the UK and America — only a few weeks after the Help! arrived in theaters. The tune stayed on prime of the Billboard charts for 3 weeks.

Looking again, George Harrison mirrored on how John was feeling these days, utilizing his personal celeb reference. “He was plump and he had his glasses,” George stated. “He just didn’t feel right. He looked like Michael Caine with horn-rimmed glasses.”

Also see: The Beatles Song That Ended Up as ‘a Literally Drunken Mess’

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