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John Lennon spoke candidly with Jonathan Cott of Rolling Stone Magazine in 1968 about his and the band’s music and how he really felt about it. Cott noted that at the time the Beatles were trying to “move away” from their association with their old mainstream pop records, such as Can’t Buy Me Love and Twist and Shout.

During this period the Beatles were producing some of their most successful albums, such as Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club and The White Album.

The following year, the group would release their legendary track Something, as well as their anthem Come Together, taken from their 11th album Abbey Road.

Speaking openly about music, Lennon said, “I would like to make a record like [Richie Barrett’s] Another guy.

“I haven’t made one that satisfied me as much as it satisfied me. Or [Gene Vincent’s] Be-Bop-A-Lula, or [Elvis Presley’s] Heartbreak Hotel, or [Little Richard’s] Good Golly, Miss Molly, or [Jerry Lee Lewis’] Lots of Shakin’.

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The star added: “I am not modest! I mean we are still trying.

It wasn’t the first time Lennon had denigrated his own songs.

In 1980, during an interview with David Sheff, Lennon revealed that he “hated” a song from the band’s fifth album, Help!

Speaking of It’s Only Love, Lennon said, “I always thought it was an ugly song. The lyrics were catastrophic. I’ve always hated this song.

Lennon continued, “It was just the experience of hearing it and having your hair on end. We had never heard American voices sing like that.

“They always sang like [Frank] Sinatra or spells out very well. Suddenly there’s this hillbilly hiccuping over the tape echo and all this bluesy stuff going on.

The Imagine singer added, “And we didn’t know what Elvis was talking about. It took us a long time to figure out what was going on. To us it just sounded like a noise which was awesome.

However, Elvis himself disliked Lennon and his political views.

According to author Chris Hutchins, who knew the two stars, Elvis was not a fan of Lennon’s anti-war sentiments.

He said: “His dislike of the pacifist Beatle started the night I took the Fab Four to his house for their first – and last – meeting.

“John had annoyed Presley by making his anti-war sentiments known the moment he entered the huge living room and spotted the table lamps – model train cars engraved with the message: ‘All the way with LBJ.’

“Lennon hated President Lyndon B Johnson (LBJ) for upping the ante in the Vietnam War.



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