Glenn Hughes Says The Beatles Had Bigger Impact On Music Industry Than Elvis Presley


Former Deep Purple bassist and singer Glenn Hughes opened up about his musical influences during a recent interview with 93.1 WMPA and revealed that it was the Beatles who changed the game when it comes to popular music for him as for the whole world as well despite Elvis Presley was a dominant figure as well.

Elvis Presley is undoubtedly one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century with his iconic stage presence, controversy creating a representation of sexuality, as well as being the embodiment of the American Dream with his rise from poverty to significant fame, he influenced and shaped the future of music with a nickname that sums his assets, ‘King of Rock and Roll’ who was also the best-selling solo music artist of all time.

The Beatles, on the other hand, is often regarded as the most influential band of all time thanks to being an essential representative of the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music’s recognition as an art form. A few years after, the band was internationally known as the leading role for the ‘British Invasion’ of the United States pop market, breaking numerous sales records, and inspiring Britain’s cultural resurgence.

During a recent interview, Glenn Hughes opened up about his influences as a young musician who grew up in England and stated that it was the Beatles who had the biggest impact on the music industry, especially in the United Kingdom, starting with their track, ‘She Loves You’ which was a game-changer when it comes to the popular music.

Despite Elvis Presley was also a powerful figure in the 1950s, the Beatles actually shaped the music in the following decade and surpassed the King of Rock and Roll in addition to stating that the Rolling Stones also changed the face of popular music, according to the former Deep Purple guitarist.

During the podcast on 93.1 WMPA, Glenn Hughes said:

“As a pre-teenager living in England, The Beatles changed the game, didn’t they? In one decade, it was Elvis in the ’50s. Although I was too young to know too much about Elvis, as a pre-teen living in the north of England when The Beatles came on the TV with ‘She Loves You,’ it was a game-changer for popular music.

Anybody that knows about The Beatles, it changed the game of popular music, and if you were a pre-teen listening to what was coming on the radio or TV in England, and eventually in America in the mid-’60s, it’s all The Beatles, all The Rolling Stones, and those two bands changed the face of popular music.”

Despite Glenn Hughes thinks the Beatles was a bigger influence on the music industry than Elvis Presley, there’s no doubt that both artists changed the future of music as well as shaping it into a more free mold than it was before which was ultimately the best thing that ever happened to that date.