The Beatles were huge fans of Elvis Presley and once that had become famous they boys wanted to meet their idol.
“So although we tried many times [to meet Elvis], Colonel Tom [Parker, his manager] would just show up with a few souvenirs, and that would have to do us for a while. We didn’t feel brushed off we felt we deserved to be brushed off. After all, he was Elvis, and who were we to dare to want to meet him? But we finally received an invitation to go round and see him when he was making a film in Hollywood.” – Paul McCartney
Just before 10 p.m. on August 27th, 1965, Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker and Memphis Mafia foreman Joe Esposito rode in limos over to The Beatles rented Benedict Canyon house to pick up John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Beatles manager Brian Epstein and road manager, Mal Evans for what would be a historical meeting.
They met at Elvis Presley’s home at 525 Perugia Way in Los Angeles (Bel Air). Here are a few photos of Elvis standing in the driveway of the home on a different occasion.
No professional photos were taken at the meeting but a few Elvis fans waiting outside of the house captured the only known photos of The Beatles arriving and leaving the home.
Here’s a one of a kind photo showing John Lennon, George Harrison and Elvis.
The meeting was cordial and ended about out 3 AM, but years later there was drama:
I’ve seen those famous Nixon transcripts where Elvis actually starts to try to stop us – the Beatles! He’s in the transcriptsaying – to Richard Nixon, of all people – “Well, sir, these Beatles, they’re very un-American and they take drugs. I felt a bit betrayed by that, I must say. The great joke was that we were taking drugs, and look what happened to him. He was caught on the toilet full of them! It was sad, but I still love him, particularly in his early period. He was very influential on me.” – Paul McCartney