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Elvis Presley's love for 'Python'!

The iconic singer had a fascination for the BBC comedy series, Monty Python's characters.

art and culture Updated: Apr 09, 2007 15:14 IST

Guess what kept 'The King of Rock 'n' Roll', Elvis Presley fixated? It was not music but comedy.

The Hound Dog' singer was a great fan of the British comedy series Monty Python and was hooked on imitating the characters of the show. Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Python's Flying Circus, a comedy sketch show, with a total of 45 episodes which were made over four series.

The Python phenomenon developed from the original television series into something much greater, in scope and impact : it spawned touring stage shows, four films, numerous albums, several books and a spin-off stage musical-as well as launching the members on to individual stardom.

The television series, broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974, was conceived, written and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

The pop icon's girlfriend Linda Thompson revealed that Presley was so impressed by the actors' work that he used to force her to watch their tricks on the show.

"He's been doing all the voices, which is mind-boggling. He'd even do the ladies voices," Contactmusic quoted Thompson, as saying.

First Published: Apr 09, 2007 12:56 IST