President Richard Nixon was certainly no fan of John Lennon. According to a BBC Radio 2 host, Nixon once asked Elvis Presley to find something on Lennon so Nixon could possibly deport him.
It's no secret that President Richard Nixon wasn't a fan of John Lennon, having regarded him as the "counter-culture enemy."
Nixon considered Lennon a “counter-culture enemy.” According to BBC Radio 2 host Bob Harris, Nixon recruited Elvis to help him find dirt on John Lennon.
While talking with Spandau Ballet singer Gary Kemp and Pink Floyd’s Guy Pratt on their Rockonteurs podcast, Harris said, "It sounded like it was almost a figment of [Lennon’s] imagination when he was saying, ‘My phone was tapped, I get followed everywhere’ -- but it was true; he really did.”
Harris added, “Nixon was out to get him and that’s why John was stuck in New York, or stuck in the States: he knew, were he to come back to the U.K., he’d never get back into America again. Not while Nixon was in The White House.”
Harris went on to say that Elvis didn’t care for John Lennon. The Beatles met Elvis in California on August 27th, 1965.
Harris said, "It was hate at first sight. For John it was a very disillusioning moment because he loved Elvis’s records, so…”
Harris added, “Equally, Elvis saw Lennon as being this upstart Liverpudlian know-it-all who’d taken his crown. He usurped Elvis and he was resentful as hell.”
President Nixon never got Lennon deported. John Lennon never went back to England after he moved to New York in 1971.Lennon eventually got his green card on July 27th, 1976.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]