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Ventura County Journalist Remembers The Day When The Beatles Met Elvis

The only known picture of the Beatles arriving to see Elvis Presley on August 27th, 1965.

It's an iconic event in music history.  On August 27th, 1965, the Beatles met Elvis for the first and only time.  A Ventura County journalist was there, and witnessed the whole thing.

Ivor Davis was a correspondent for a British newspaper who was sent to the U.S. in 1964 to follow the Beatles on their first U.S. tour.  He became a part of the band's entourage, so in 1965 when they were invited to visit Elvis he was also asked to come for the evening.

No cameras or recorder were allowed.  But, Davis says it was an interesting evening.  He says Elvis was watching TV when they arrived, and they just stood in his living room for ten minutes.  Davis says Ivor finally got up, and said he was going to bed unless the batles wanted to jam.

Some instruments were brought out, and they played for a few minutes.  They all shared some snacks which had been prepared, and Elvis introduced them to the young woman he'd eventually marry, Priscilla.

When they were preparing to leave about two hours later, everyone said they wanted to get together again soon, but it never happened.  Davis says one of the things that was frustrating was because of the ban on cameras, there were no pictures of the Beatles with Elvis.

Davis is going to talk about his experiences with the Beatles during a Thursday night Zoom event hosted by the Museum of Ventura County.  You can find details at:

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.