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Elvis Presley makes history with 1,000th UK No.1

Story: Jack Foley

ELVIS Presley underlined his position as the undisputed king by recording the UK's 1,000th number one on Sunday, January 16, 2005, with the re-issue of One Night.

The single follows Jailhouse Rock to the number one spot, which means Elvis has posted the UK's 999th and 1,000th chart-toppers.

What's more, One Night marks Presley's 20th number one record in total and comes one week after what would have been his 70th birthday.

The King's success came at the expense of contemporary bands, with his closest challengers proving to be the Manic Street Preachers with their new single, Empty Souls, and The Killers, with another re-issue, Somebody Told Me, which charted at number three.

X-Factor winner, Steve Brookstein's Against All Odds, slipped to number four, while hotly-tipped new boys, Rooster, are at five, with Staring at the Sun.


Don't expect to have heard the last of Elvis at number one either, given that record company, SonyBMG, intends to release all 18 of the singer's number one singles at the rate of one a week in Britain, complete with the original artwork and a collector's box.

Hence, A Fool Such As I is next in line, with the smart money being on an Elvis hat-trick.

Indeed, such is the enduring popularity of Elvis that bookmakers, Ladbrokes, is only offering odds of 10/1 that all 18 re-release singles will top the charts.

Spokesman, Warren Lush, told the BBC: " It's a case of two down, sixteen to go. Bookmakers certainly don't underestimate the power of the King and his fans.

"When we first looked at the chances of Elvis scoring 18 number ones in a row we thought it would be very unlikely, but when you consider that singles sales are so woefully low you certainly cannot rule it out."

William Hill are similarly offering low odds that Elvis could indeed enjoy the number one spot for the remaining 16 weeks.

But then sales of singles have declined rapidly in recent years, with last week's Jailhouse Rock selling just 21,262 copies to reach number one, the lowest since data began in 1969.


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