John Lennon on how The Beatles avoided being compared to Elvis Presley – ...

The most successful music artists of all time are Elvis Presley and The Beatles. But did you know that the band went out of their way to be distinct from The King? Speaking with Rolling Stone in the early 1970s, John Lennon spoke of how The Fab Four used to move around on stage a lot like The King in their early days.

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Elvis was known for his swivelling hips, a dance move deemed to be too sexualised in the 1950s.

And just like everyone else, The Beatles were copying The King.

Lennon said: “When we were younger, we used to move.

“We used to jump around and do all the things they’re doing now, like going on stage with toilet seats and sh*tting and p*ssing.”

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However, The Beatles soon decided they wouldn’t do that as everyone was copying Elvis.

Lennon continued: “[T]his is interesting: in the early days in England, all the groups were like Elvis and a backing group, and the Beatles deliberately didn’t move like Elvis.


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