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Elvis Presley chalks up his 19th UK number one


Story: Jack Foley

ELVIS Presley has returned to the top of the UK charts 27 years after his death, following the re-release of the single Jailhouse Rock.

The King knocked X Factor winner, Steve Brookstein, off the top spot on Sunday, January 9, 2005, to record his 19th number one in this country.

It also marks the 999th number one in UK chart history and came on the day after what would have been his 70th birthday.

As usual, fans around the globe have been staging special events to mark the passing of one of the world's greatest ever musicians, including tribute concerts and exhibitions of memorabilia.

And a poll carried out by royalty payments group, the Performing Rights Society, has revealed that past hit, The Wonder of You, is the Elvis song most performed by live bands and tribute acts.

But don't expect to have heard the last of Elvis at number one, 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, One Night will follow next week - with the chance of becoming the 1,000th number one in UK chart history.

This week's chart also marked two more big returns for past favourites in the form of Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast, at number three, and Erasure's Breathe at number four.

And the band behind the year's best selling album, Scissor Sisters, boasted a strong new entry at number five, with the latest single to emerge from that album, Filthy/Gorgeous.


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