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Elvis finally met the Beatles in 1965; the Beatles had their own security as did Elvis, the news of the Beatles meeting with Elvis was out, and the fans from both sides lined the street.
The local policemen were out in force, among the crowd covering the neighborhood to try and control such a large number of fans.
At one stage the fans came close to breaking down the gates.
Both Colonel Parker and Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, were present for the meeting, as were some of the family members of the guys in the group.
Elvis was looking forward to getting to know the Beatles, as people, in a comfortable and down to earth manner, with that in mind Elvis lead the way to an area of the den more suitable.
Elvis and the Beatles all sat on the sofa, Elvis in the middle with the Beatles either side of him, but for an uncomfortable stretch of time they just sat there staring without a word spoken, then Elvis finally broke the silence in the room, by telling the Beatles if they were just going to sit there all night staring at him, he was going to bed.
Elvis then mentioned how he thought they might just sit and talk and maybe even sing and play a little, the Beatles come to life and a great evening was enjoyed, with gathering around the piano with guitars singing a few songs.
Before the Beatles went to the United States, they had told their manager the only person they want to meet was Elvis Presley.
Elvis greatly admired the Beatles, he loved their singing style and their ability to put out great pop songs, and although the Beatles were competition, Elvis felt a genuine kinship with the group, he highly respected each of the Beatles individually.
Beatles Publishing Rights.
In 1963, the Beatles gave their publishing rights to Northern Songs, a company created by Brian Epstein, and a music publisher, Dick James.
Northern Songs went public in 1965, and Lennon and McCartney each held 15% of the company's shares, while Dick James and the company's chairman, Charles Silver, held a controlling 37.5% of shares.
In 1969, James and Silver sold Northern Songs and its assets to a British TV company named Associated Television Corporation (ATV).
In 1985, ATV's music catalogue was sold, and Michael Jackson was the highest bidder beating Paul McCartney with a reported $47 million for the publishing rights to approximately 159 to 260 Beatles songs.
A decade later, Jackson and Sony merged their music publishing businesses. Since 1995, Jackson and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have jointly owned most of the Beatles songs.
While the Jackson-Sony collection includes practically all of the Beatles' greatest hits, they do not own the rights to every song.
Paul McCartney bought the rights to "Love Me Do," "Please, Please Me," "P.S. I Love You," and "Ask Me Why" as Northern Songs never owned these early tunes and they were not included in the ATV deal.
Sony reports that Jackson used his half of the Beatles' catalogue as collateral for a loan from the music company.
However, the estates of Lennon and McCartney still receive royalties as the singers and song writers.
George Harrison created his own company, 'Harrisongs', which own the rights to his classics such as 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and 'Something'.
∙ Ringo Starr, Paul and Linda McCartney, and George Harrison all guest starred on The Simpsons although not at the same time.
∙ This makes The Simpsons the only non-variety show to feature all the surviving Beatles.
∙ George Harrison cooperated with Eric Idle and Neil Innes in authoring and filming (for television) the fictitious story of the Rutles, a "Rutlandbeat" group affectionately satirising the Beatles.
∙ Innes proved able to parody particular Beatles songs with lyrics and titles (e.g. "Ouch!") only marginally less believable than those of the Fab Four.
∙ beatles-discography.com (various pages). Retrieved Dec. 15, 2004.
∙ Braun, Michael (1964), Love Me Do: The Beatles' Progress. London: Penguin Books, 1995 [Reprint]. ISBN 0140022783.
∙ Carr, Roy & Tyler, Tony (1975). The Beatles: An Illustrated Record. Harmony Books. ISBN 0517520451.
∙ Davies, Hunter (1985). The Beatles (Second Revised Edition). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0070155267.
∙ Goldsmith, Martin (2004). The Beatles Come To America. Turning Points. ISBN 0471469645.
∙ Lewisohn, Mark (1990). EMI's the Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years. Hamlyn. ISBN 0681031891.
∙ MacDonald, Ian (1995). Revolution In The Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties. Vintage. ISBN 0712666974.
∙ Norman, Philip (1997). Shout: The Beatles in Their Generation. MJF Books. ISBN 1567310877.
∙ Schaffner, Nicholas (1977). The Beatles Forever. Cameron House. ISBN 0811702251.