TIL Elvis Presley was Elton John’s wakeup call. In 1976 Elton met Elvis backstage in June 1976 “It was sad,” , recalling Presley’s drugged state. John and his mom were escorted to their seats and they watched with equal parts horror and admiration.

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  1. “It was someone who was in a complete drug haze giving nylon scarves away to these fans,” John recalls. “And yet it was still, in a way, magical.” Sheila, Elton John’s mother, wasn’t quite as dazzled by this fading star. As soon as the show was over, she predicted Presley would be dead in six months.

    “Well,” John reflects in the book, “it was a year.”

    Unfortunately, the meeting was not what John hoped.

    “It was so sad, because he turned into this big man with no eyes,” John told Oprah Winfrey in 1997. “They had sunk into the back of his head and it was pathetic.”

    John continued, “In the end, there are pictures of me when I look at them and think, ‘Oh my God, you know, I turned into Elvis. You just shut your door, and you gained weight, and you did this. You did that and you didn’t care how you were.’ It’s very easy to do that.”

    “Elton looked into the eyes of the King and felt there was ‘nothing there, It was someone who was in a complete drug haze giving nylon scarves away to these fans,” John describes. “And yet it was still, in a way, magical.”

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