No matter how prolific musicians can be in their own rights, they often end up influenced by those before them or their contemporaries. Roger Taylor, the drummer for Queen, ended up seeing this firsthand for his band, and felt able to pass judgment on their muse Elvis Presley, a judgment that lined up with that passed by Beatles rhythm guitarist John Lennon. Taylor was also in the unique position to compare and contrast Elvis before and after his service in Germany. Before then, Taylor shared, Elvis was simply \u201cfantastic in the very early day and so mesmeric if you watch the early footage of him performing. He was just fabulous.\u201d Then, Elvis entered service. That was long before Queen rose to prominence in 1970, but that just meant Elvis had plenty of time to plant seeds of influence for the future band. Roger Taylor witnessed the rise and falter of a legend The likes of John Lennon and Roger Taylor watched Elvis Presley go from rising music star to movie stud \/ Everett Collection \u201cI think Elvis influenced everybody,\u201d reflected Roger Taylor. \u201cI was very young then, only in the beginning.\u201d However, only a very specific era of Elvis ended up influencing Queen, according to Taylor. RELATED: Ann-Margret Reveals Elvis Presley Was \u201cShy\u201d When They First Met \u201cI think after Elvis went in the army, he didn\u2019t influence at all,\u201d Taylor added. \u201cIn fact, he became a sort of side paragraph. He didn\u2019t really have a lot of relevance, I thought.\u201d Taylor praised his pre-army \u201crebel\u201d phase, but bemoaned the perceived disappearance of that through \u201csh***y films and paying off his manager\u2019s debts in Las Vegas.\u201d Roger Taylor agreed with John Lennon\u2019s ultimate assessment of Elvis Presley View this post on Instagram A post shared by rogertaylorofficial (@rogertaylorofficial) Similarly to Taylor and the rest of Queen, John Lennon spent much of his youth listening to Elvis Presley during what Taylor considered his strongest years. Also similarly, Lennon admitted that the Beatles owed Elvis for his influence and inspiration. John Lennon preferred a particular era in Elvis' career \/ Everett Collection So prominent was Lennon\u2019s opinion and authority on Elvis that he revealed, \u201cWhen Elvis died, people were harassing me in Tokyo for a comment.\u201d However, Lennon agreed Elvis\u2019 death came much earlier, claiming, \u201cWell I\u2019ll give it yer now, he died when he went in the army. That\u2019s when they killed him. The rest of it was just a living death.\u201d Lennon even likened it to retreating to a monastery, though he added, \u201cBut going to a Zen monastery and going to India to meditate. Or going to Scotland and growing melons or something, whatever they\u2019re doing up there in that place.\u201d Upon hearing this, Taylor said he \u201ccouldn\u2019t agree more\u201d with that assessment or that Little Richard was better than the King as well. What do you think of Elvis\u2019 career before and after he dove into films?