Elvis Presley was a huge idol for The Beatles in the early days and, when Beatlemania exploded, the band were desperate to get to meet the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.
Band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison tried to set up a meeting with Elvis’ manager Colonel Parker in 1964, but to no avail.
The following year, the band managed to meet the king.
And in a newly unearthed interview, Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley, his then girlfriend during the time The Beatles visited, recalled how the day started off with a “awkward atmosphere”.
She greeted the band at the door of Graceland that evening and briefly showed them around before taking them to see Elvis where he was relaxing in the den.
Priscilla said: “They were so cute, they were so excited but so nervous.
“You could hear a pin drop when they walked in. All they cared about was seeing Elvis.”
“They were excited but holding it back. They wanted to be respectful but I was amazed at house shy they were.”
Priscilla said Elvis stood up from the couch to say hello to the band with the atmosphere slightly “awkward” to begin with.
“I was amazed at how shy they were. They were speechless,” she said. “They were truly like kids meeting their idol, especially John Lennon.
“John was shy, timid, looking at him… I really believe that he just couldn’t believe that he was actually there with Elvis Presley.
“It was a little bit awkward because they just kept looking at him and not really saying anything and not really sitting down, just staring at him,” she added.
“Elvis just said, ‘You know, guys, if you’re just gonna stand around and stare at me, I might as well just do my own thing.”
Pricilla said Elvis then grabbed a bass and started playing in a bid to break the ice.
“That just lightened up the whole evening and then it was just like joking around after that,” Priscilla said.