Elvis Outlives Himself On The Charts

In life and death, Elvis Presley is the "King", a legendary title that is now established as a fact of pop history. The latest edition of British Hit Singles and Albums, published today, has compiled the definitive top-50 list of artists who have dominated the weekly singles and album charts since the "hit parade" was launched in 1952. In its 52-year history, Presley has appeared in both for a staggering total of 47 years and two months - four years and six months longer than he lived. The 17th edition of the "pop bible", published by Guinness World Records, analyses the album and singles success, to provide an overall picture of artists’ sales performance over the half-century. Following Presley, in second place, is Sir Cliff Richard in a top ten which features, in order, the Beatles, Queen, Madonna, Sir Elton John, the Shadows, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and U2. The singles chart in Britain has varied in length over its history. When Presley first appeared in 1956 with Heartbreak Hotel the hit parade listed 30 records. In 1978, the year after he died, the chart stabilised at its present length of the top 75 singles. But no matter the number, Presley is comfortably out in front in the all-time top-50 UK chart. The list was compiled from data on every single act ever to have entered the UK single or album charts since 1952 and it has revealed a raft of pop trivia. "Combining singles and albums charts for the first time allows us to accurately measure the greats," said David Roberts, the editor of British Hit Singles and Albums. But even he was astonished at the amazing Presley statistic. He added: "It’s a massive performance from Elvis, who’s notched up almost a decade’s worth of extra chart life over his nearest rival, Sir Cliff. "However, Elvis is simply timeless; he just goes on and on forever, the fact of that being that he has been in the charts longer than he was on earth. "He was 496 weeks clear of his nearest rival. "Any album released with his name on it is guaranteed to get into the charts. He had old fans, and he gets new fans, because he is still cool. "The Beatles are the same. They just don’t become dated." Mr Roberts said that apart from Presley’s musical longevity, the top of the all-time chart had not thrown up too many surprises.
Source: The Scotsman / Updated: May 28, 2004 
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memphisflash (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2004report abuse
Oh phooey...ok, can I say then, look them up on the web yourself....is that appropriate?
memphisflash (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2004
Invisible because there was a link/email included
TonyP (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2004report abuse
The last thing that needs to happen is involving Donna. I won't go into reasons why on here, but suffice to say in time her reputation won't be one any of us will want linked with Elvis.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2004report abuse
Hey Gribz, where did you get that info about the BBC ? Here in the UK, we badly need some of the promotion thats taking place in USA. Cheers
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2004report abuse
Wow Thank-you so much Brian. Now to get a hold of her. I know the BBC plans a hook up to the Satellite for the Global Moment in time. Maybe I can get in touch with Donna. I talked to her a couple of times in Memphis. Any other Ideas would be appreciated. Lets make it happen...
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2004report abuse
One person who may be able to help with an posthumous Knighthood is The Duchess of Devonshire, (aged 84) who is a huge, genuine Elvis fan. She has a private collection of Elvis memorabilia at her stately home, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. She is a fully paid up member of 'Essential Elvis' Magazine and recently attended 'Jailhouse Rock' (the musical) which she thought was wonderful. The star of the show, Mario Kombou and Donna Presley Early were her guests at Chatsworth House. For information.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2004report abuse
Lets find out, and make it happen.... Thanks, timing is perfect...
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
what a great idea giving Elvis a knighthood.who do we get in touch with?
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
Good one. Who can get thru and advocate for a Knighthood?? It is long overdue, and Elvis deserves it as much as most who've already received it....
MauriceColgan (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
The King would be "Such a Knight":-) The late Elvis Presley has become the worlds favourite - just think about all the polls in recent years. Truly Amazing!
Adzsan1973 (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
Hey, seriously, do they give out posthumous honorary knighthoods? if so, must have a good case… contributed hugely to the cultural revolution in the UK during the Queens own reign? if it’s possible….why not?
elvis_77 (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
I think he definitely deserves an Honorary Knighthood.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
Where is Elvis's Honorary Knighthood? They gave one to Bill Gates. I think the great Todd Slaughter can make that happen. Only fair, considering the huge impact Elvis made on Britains Fab Four, and the rest of U.K pop culture. Way overdue, and this 50th anniv presents a perfect time to bestow the King with this honour. Thank-You
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
This is so true. Elvis is forever. New fans are coming on board every day, and this will continue for at least, 25 more years. Hey, Where is Elvis's honorary Knighthood. They gave one to Bill Gates. Spread the word.

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