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When The Beatles met Elvis

A new exhibition documents this monumental occasion in pop history

  • 23/12/2011
  • Elizabeth Alker

A new exhibition at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool looks at the parallels between the careers of Elvis and The Beatles, culminating in a special display, telling the story of the one time, in 1965, when Elvis met The Beatles.

The exhibition is a rare chance to see lots of original artefacts, some of which have never been on display before or even left Graceland before.

There is a packet of Crayola Crayons Elvis owned as a child, which even have his name written on them in crayon.

The exhibition also includes the actual army coat Elvis wore during his National Service, his guitars, his Beatles record collection and two spectacular jump suits, dating back to his time as a performer in Vegas.

There was a blanket media ban on the one occasion when The Beatles had a private meeting with Elvis. However, The Beatles Story have now tracked down a handful of people who were present, including Priscilla Presley and a brand new interview with Priscilla is showing in this exhibition.

According to Priscilla, these two legendary pop acts jammed together on guitars that Elvis had bought especially for the occasion, although the music was never recorded.

Listen below to Elizabeth Alker's tour of the exhibition with the Managing Director of The Beatles Story Museum, Jerry Goldman.

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