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    Lightbulb Very interesting article on Elvis's chart history.

    This article will probably surprise and I guess upset a lot of people,it explains that one of Elvis's most famous songs "Hound Dog" wasn't a number one record on the Top 100 chart as legend has made us believe. It was number one on the best sellers and most played lists but not on the actual Top 100 chart. It was the A side track Don't Be Cruel which was the #1 hit and not Hound Dog which stalled at #2 ,unable to bump Don't Be Cruel or "My Prayer" by The Platters off the top spot.

    This story also applies to a few other of his famous recordings which for some reason are always listed as #1 records.
    What all this means is that Elvis really had 14 #1 hits on the US charts and not 17.

    http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/elvis_number_2s.html
    Last edited by Steamroller Blues; 09-15-2011 at 08:36 PM.

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    Re: Very interesting article on Elvis's chart history.

    Old news. In actuality, he had 18 number 1's on the pop charts if you go by the standards of the day, including Hound Dog. If you go by today's standards, he had 14. In my opinion, you can't change the rules in the middle of the game and penalize documented results from the past. However, Billboard seems to do this on a daily basis. One of the many reasons it is no longer relevant.

    Keep in mind, if there were digital downloads in the 50's, we'd be talking about the 45 songs that hit number 1 for Elvis, not 18....or 14.

    Also keep in mind, Billboard was not the only major publication that utilized charts back in the 50's, 60's and 70's.

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