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When President Richard Nixon met the KIng of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley

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Image of the meeting between President Nixon and Elvis in 1970. Oliver F. Atkins

Tomorrow the new feature film, Elvis and Nixon hits selected theaters. The movie stars Kevin Spacey as the 37th President of the United States (no, not Frank Underwood) and Michael Shannon as the King of Rock, Elvis Presley.

The film is based on a true story that took place in 1970. As the story goes, Presley was desperate to meet Nixon, so he wrote him a letter, asking for an audience.


With a single meeting, an awkward photo and Elvis’s desire to help the federal government, President Nixon and the rock star became acquaintances.

We speak about it with historian and author Luke Nichter.


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