Elvis Tops The Beatles in Britain
Elvis Presley returned to the top of the singles charts in Britain on Monday, rewriting pop history 25 years after his death and passing The Beatles as the artist with the most No. 1 tunes.
The King now has more No. 1 recordings than any artist in the pop chart’s 50-year history, thanks to a remix of the little-known song “A Little Less Conversation.”
By reaching the top of the singles charts in England, Presley gained his 18th No. 1 tune, breaking the record that he had held in Britain with The Beatles at 17 each.
“A Little Less Conversation” was written by Mac Davis and Billy Strange for the 1968 film “Live a Little, Love a Little.” The original also was on the soundtrack of the 2001 movie “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Dutch musician Tom Holkenburg, known in Europe as the disc jockey of the techno-group Junkie XL, recently remixed the song for a Nike World Cup TV commercial featuring a British player. Although a contemporary remix, “Elvis vs. JXL รณ a Little Less Conversation” leaves Presley’s distinctive vocals intact.
The single, released throughout Europe last week, sold more than 67,000 copies in Britain on the very first day.
Junkie XL was changed to JXL for the song because the Presley estate did not want the track remixed if the name contained what could be perceived as a reference to drugs.
JXL’s track will be released in the United States on June 25.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Presley’s death. He died at his home in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 16, 1977 at age 42.