The Beatles were obsessed with Elvis Presley growing up. And when they met The King in LA back in 1965 they were speechless. But did you John Lennon’s least favourite Beatles song is one he says was a knock off of one of The King’s records?
During his iconic Rolling Stone interview, Lennon revealed he didn’t like Run For Your Life from The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul.
The singer-songwriter said: “It was a song I just knocked off.
“It was inspired from – this is a very vague connection – from Baby Let’s Play House.
“There was a line on it – I used to like specific lines from songs – ‘I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man’.”
John Lennon’s least favourite Beatles song – ‘I knocked off Elvis Presley’
Run For Your Life is the last track on Rubber Soul
Lennon added: “So I wrote it around that but I didn’t think it was that important.
“‘Girl’ I liked because I was, in a way, trying to say something or other about Christianity which I was opposed to at the time.”
While Lennon wasn’t keen on Run For You Life, he did one reveal his favourite Beatles songs and album.
The late star was a big fan of 1968’s The White Album.
The Beatles split in 1970, 50 years ago
Lennon made the reveal in a 1971 interview about the break up of The Beatles a year earlier.
But his quotes didn’t see the light of day until they featured in a 1984 issue of Penthouse – four years after his murder.
The Beatle claimed Paul didn’t like The White Album as he “wanted it to be more a group thing, which really means more Paul. So he never liked that album.”
But Lennon admitted it was his favourite of the 12, adding: “I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better. The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”
While his favourite songs were also revealed in the Rolling Stone interview.
Lennon said: “I always liked [I Am The] Walrus, Strawberry Fields, Help!, In My Life. Those are some favourites, y’know.”
A surprised interviewer Jann Wenner asked why he included Help! among his favourites.
The musician replied: “Because I meant it, it’s real.”
He added: “The lyric is as good now as it was then, it’s no different, you know.
“It makes me feel secure to know that I was that sensible or whatever – well, not sensible, but aware of myself. That’s with no acid, no nothing… well pot or whatever.
“It was just me singing ‘help’ and I meant it, you know. I don’t like the recording that much, the song I like. We did it too fast to try and be commercial.”
Lennon also highlighted I Want To Hold Your Hand, Strawberry Fields and Across The Universe.