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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 27, 1965 (Friday)

Late in the evening of August 27th, the group drove across to Perugia Way, Beverly Hills, to meet their one-time idol Elvis Presley, a summit conference arranged by Presley's manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker, and greatly anticipated by the Beatles and Brian Epstein.

It took place at Presley's mansion at 565 Perugia Way, Bel Air, Los Angeles. The Beatles arrived at 11pm and were greeted by Elvis in his large circular living room. The room was bathed in red and blue light, and contained a colour television, jukebox, crescent-shaped couch, games tables and a bar.

The encounter was not a great success, with a somewhat stilted atmosphere and little conversation at first. Eventually Elvis told them, "If you damn guys are gonna sit here and stare at me all night I'm gonna go to bed." With the ice broken, Presley called for guitars to be brought out and a brief jam session took place. Among the songs performed was You're My World, a ballad which Cilla Black had recorded in 1964.  A poor-quality tape has long been rumoured to exist, although this has never been confirmed and must be considered unlikely.

Paul had already spoken to Presley - and perceived his now decidedly unmagnetic personality - during a telephone conversation from the group's Atlantic City hotel to Memphis on August 31, 1964.

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