The BBC Radio 1 just played "Jailhouse Rock" as the new #1 single in the UK. It is Elvis 19th chart-topper - and the 999th number one since the singles chart was launched in 1952.
Elvis is still in with a good chance of scoring the 1000th number one - next week sees the re-release of his single One Night, followed the week after by A Fool Such As I.
A good point was made by one of our readers: "All Shook Up" didn't count for chart sales because of the collector's box that came with it probably sold as much as "jailhouse Rock". So in reality, I would guess that Elvis had two of the best selling singles in the UK last week.
Elvis has the record for the longest period of time between the first and last #1's in the US and UK. "Jailhouse Rock" first went #1 in 1957-58. It went #1 again in 2005. This is a span of 47 years, a record for the UK. In the US, Elvis first went #1 on the Billboard country chart in 1955 and #1 on the pop chart and R&B chart in 1956. "That's All Right" went #1 on the Billboard Singles Sales chart in 2004. This gives Elvis a 49 year span between #1's in the US. No one is even close; songwriter and producer Bob Crewe of The Four Seasons had a 38.5 year span between his first #1 "Big Girls Don't Cry" in 1962 and "Lady Marmalade" in 2001 by Christina Aguilera et al.
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Source: BBC / Updated: Jan 9, 2005