Elvis had a long string of #1 and top 40 hits, especially in the 1950s and early 60s. He was one of the most popular singers, and is considered one of the greatest entertainers, in history.
With RIAA certified sales of 203.3 milion records worldwide, Elvis is the all time top selling solo artist. RCA claims he has sold over one billion, but the same claims are made concerning The Beatles.
In the U.S. Elvis had seventeen #1s from 1956 to 1961. Although he continued to have top 10s and top 40 hits, his only other U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1 was in 1969.
On the Country charts he had eight #1s in the 50s and two #1s in 1977. Since his death he's had two #1s. One was a remix.
In the U.K. Elvis had 18 #1s. Since his death he's had 4 #1s. One was a remix. The other three were reissues of previous hits.
As many #1s and top 40s as Elvis had, he also had many flops. He released over 80 singles in his lifetime and quite a few didnt reach the top 40. He also had a few that didnt reach the top 100 and some didn't chart.
After he returned from the Army, his ride at the top of the charts came to an end, and he never returned to his original rock and roll sound.
In the 50s and 60s Elvis made a string of movies....some were pretty good and showed some talent as an actor, but quite a few were not so great.
He made a "comeback" special for television in 1968 and went on to become a top performing artist in Las Vegas and also toured the U.S., but he was never able to reach and sustain the top of the charts as he did in his early career. He was also never allowed to perform outside the U.S.A.
Sadly Elvis passed away in 1977 at the age of 42.
There are other artists I like more but I've always liked Elvis a lot. I prefer his 50s RCA recordings over his later recordings. The first rock and roll records I owned were several Elvis singles in the 50s when I was 5 or 6 years old. I followed his career until his death and own quite a few of his albums, and was fortunate to see him in concert in 1973 here in Nashville
Is Elvis your favorite or are there others you like more? Do you like Elvis at all? How much influence do you think Elvis had on music?
Someone recently said everyone likes Elvis' music, and that it can't be said about anyone else.
I believe no artist or music is liked by everyone.
What say you?
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