Elvis Presley achieved so much success in his life, but sadly towards the end was addicted to prescription drugs. With his fame he was able to meet President Richard Nixon in the White House at Christmas time 1970. And even once called Jimmy Carter in the last weeks of his life, while in much worse shape.
Following his death at just 42-years-old, Paul McCartney said he felt “betrayed” after Elvis told President Richard Nixon that The Beatles were “anti-American” during a meeting about how to combat drug culture.
Of course, Elvis said this despite regularly covering Beatles songs in his shows during this period.
It may come as a bit of a surprise too, considering The King met the Fab Four at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles just five years previously.
According to The Beatles Anthology, Paul McCartney felt betrayed by Elvis, who he, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had been so influenced by growing up.
Speaking some time after The King’s death, McCartney said: “[I] felt a bit betrayed.”
“The great joke was that we were taking [illegal] drugs.
“And look what happened to him.”
Of course, McCartney was referring to Elvis’ overuse of prescription drugs in the lead up to his tragic fatal heart attack.