Elvis Presley left a huge impact in the music industry. The global star has influenced every rock band during the 1960s. Elvis’ enticing live performances set him apart from his peers, and he managed to create a union during the complicated race relations of the 1950s. Elvis was beloved by most, and especially by the Beatles’ very own bassist Paul McCartney.
Paul McCartney reveals the Elvis Presley song that made him cry
During a recent interview, The Beatles legend shed praise on the “King of Rock and Roll” and revealed how much loved Presley in the early days. He further revealed that he met the legend:
“Elvis was the guy,” McCartney said via Reverb. “He ended up a complete plonker, unfortunately – he turned in the end, wanted to become a Federal drug marshal. But I did love him in the early days, and yes, when we met him, that’s the period I remember. I don’t bother when you go into Vegas and the rhinestones and all that – it’s like he didn’t exist from then on for me.”
McCartney said that he had been listening to some of Elvis’ early work,. He noted that one of his songs made his emotional that it brought tears in his eyes. McCartney explained:
“Yeah. I heard them this summer – haven’t heard them for years – and I was blown away. I suddenly realised the last time I listened to this thoroughly was before The Beatles, before all that happened to me, and it just stripped it all away. It was like I was a kid playing snooker again and listening. It actually got me crying, pow. Really did it to me. And I could remember all the words, ‘Hold me close, hold me tight.’”
The words are from ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’, which was released back in 1956. It was originally written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff, arriving as Elvis’ seventh single on the RCA Victor label, marking his second number one single on the country music charts.