There’s hardly anyone in the music industry who has had a music career like Paul McCartney‘s. First, he revolutionized music as part of the Beatles. And then, he continued to give the world his exquisite music for decades as a solo artist. All in all, he’s a pretty cool guy. But, he has also met his fair share of cool people. According to him, the second coolest person he has ever met was Elvis Presley!
The coolest people Paul McCartney has ever met
The Beatles and Elvis met only once, on August 27th, 1965 and the agreement was that there would be no photos or videos of the meeting. However, that did not stop the fab four from sharing their memories of the memorable event. Funnily enough, Paul McCartney recalls the encounter quite differently than Ringo Starr, especially about who opened the door.
In a recent interview on the Adam Buxton Podcast, Sir Paul talked about the coolest people he had ever met. And undoubtedly, Elvis was on the list. He said:
My wife … she is very cool. However, speaking like that, I have met Elvis Presley, who was darn cool. Because this was pre his Las Vegas and the rhinestone suit [period], this was just sort of Beverly Hills. So he was really cool.
Despite believing David Bowie and Bob Dylan were cool as well, the title for the coolest person went to his late wife, Nancy. And the runner up is Elvis! Sir Paul said:
If I had to choose, I’d have to go with my wife, Nancy, and if I had to give a second, I think I’d have to do Elvis.
How Elvis inspired the most influential album of all time
Other than calling him a cool person, Paul McCartney also talked about Elvis’s influence on their music. After they stopped touring, Elvis was an inspiration for their iconic album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Sir Paul said:
We came back, and we started to think, ‘What can we do, we don’t want to tour again’. We heard that Elvis Presley had sent his gold-plated Cadillac out on tour. He didn’t go with it – he just sent it out. And people would flock to see Elvis’ Cadillac, and then it would go to the next town and those people would flock. So we thought, ‘That is brilliant! Only Elvis could have thought of that.’ We said, ‘Well, what we should do is, we should make a killer record and that can do the touring for us.’ So that’s what Sgt. Pepper was all about.
However, it is interesting to note that despite the fanboy behavior the Beatles had for Elvis Presley, in reality, Elvis wanted them banned from the United States. And he even tried to get the FBI, CIA, and President Nixon involved to do so!