This post will be a list of Elvis Presley Songs that made it into the charts. I will also give a bit of Elvis’s history as if you didn’t know it already.

Elvis Presley Early History

Elvis Aron Presley was born on the 8th January 1935 in a tiny house in East Tupelo one of the poorest parts of Mississippi. Medical diagnosis was unsophisticated in those days in poor neighborhoods and nobody had even guessed Elvis’ mother Gladys was expecting twins. Sadly his twin was stillborn, he was formally named Jesse Garon and was buried in a tiny coffin the next day in an unmarked grave in a hillside cemetery.

Elvis first started singing aged two at church, Elvis said ‘ the church gave me the only training I ever had, the rest came naturally’ An eight-year-old Elvis got up and sang Old Shep at the church one day and the school principal thought he was good enough to enter a local talent contest. This is where Elvis earned his first ever performing fee singing Old Shep and coming 2nd in the competition. The prize was 5 dollars.

When Elvis was 13 the family moved to Memphis Tennessee, his father thought he would have a better chance of finding work there. His father stopped smoking and saved up 12 dollars to buy Elvis his first guitar. He learned to play by listening to the radio and borrowing phonographic records from neighbours. He left school in 1953 and joined the precision tool company, then drove trucks for Crown Electric for 35 dollars a week.

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The Sun Connection

Sam Phillips A one time radio announce and engineer was opening a recording studio in Memphis, which Elvis often passed while he was driving his truck. Memphis recording service studio provided a walk in for locals who could record 2 songs for 4 dollars, Elvis knew about this and one day parked his truck and walked into the studio. He told the studio manager Marion Keisker his requirements and said he would like to accompany himself on guitar. He was doing the recording for his mother’s birthday and sang ‘My Happiness’ a fifties hit for the ink spots and an old-fashioned weepie song called ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’, it was very low key.

Marion Keisker knew her music and she knew the music Sam Phillips liked. Phillips always felt his road to becoming a millionaire was to find himself a white boy that could sing coloured style. He eventually found time to listen to his music, and called him in for a meeting. Unimpressed by an early effort Phillips is supposed to have said ‘Hey kid what can you do?’ Elvis replied ‘I can do anything’ ‘Then do it’ Phillips said and Elvis proceeded to do a mixture of gospel, hymns, country, hillbilly and blues. He also took a Dean Martin ballad-style something the young Elvis was impressed by at the time.

Phillips was interested but had to find the right song. One day Elvis was m3essing about in the studio with his guitar and started doing That’s All Right but gave the impression that he was copying the more dynamic local black singers. As Sam Phillips tells it, he uttered ‘ I don’t know what it is you are doin’ but keep doin’ it’ So as Elvis Scotty Moore and Bill Black done a second treatment of the song Sam exclaimed ‘God, they’re gonna run us right outta town when they hear this’

Thats All Right did well eventually selling 20,000 copies, and it made number 3 in the Memphis country sales chart and briefly appeared in other local charts. We all know what happened after that. See below for Elvis’ discography.

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Elvis Presley – The 50s

Elvis had 20 top 30 singles in the UK during the 1950s. I will name the song, the year released and the chart position reached in the UK and where applicable the US.

Singles

  1. I’m Left, Your Right, She’s Gone (1955) (21)
  2. Heartbreak Hotel (1956) (2) (1)
  3. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (1956) (14) (1)
  4. Don’t Be Cruel (1956) (24) (1)
  5. Hound Dog (1956) (2) (1)
  6. Blue Suede Shoes (1956) (9) (24)
  7. Love Me Tender (1956) (11) (1)
  8. Too Much (1957) (6) (1)
  9. All Shook Up (1957) (1) (1)
  10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1957) (3) (1)
  11. Party (1957) (2)
  12. Jailhouse Rock (1957) (1) (1)
  13. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) (1957) (7)
  14. Don’t (1958) (2) (1)
  15. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (1958) (3) (3)
  16. Hard Headed Woman (1958) (2) (1)
  17. King Creole (1958) (2)
  18. One Night (1958) (1) (4)
  19. (Now And The There’s) A Fool Such As I (1959) (1) (2)
  20. A Big Hunk ‘o Love (1959) (4) (1)

 

Studio albums in the 1950s.

  1. Elvis Presley (1956) (1) (1)
  2. Elvis (1956) (3) (1)
  3. Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) (2) (1)

 

Soundtrack albums in the 1950s.

  1. Loving You (1957) (1) (1)
  2. King Creole (1958) (2) (1)

 

Compilation albums in the 1950s.

  1. Elvis’ Golden Records (1958) (2) (3)
  2. For LP Fans Only (1959) No. 19 in the US
  3. A Date With Elvis (1959) No. 32 in the US
  4. 50.000.000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong (1959) (4) (31)

 

Wow, that guy was busy in the 1950s

 

 

Elvis Presley – The 60s

Elvis had 38 top 30 singles in the UK charts in the 1960s

Singles

  1. Strictly Elvis EP (1960) (26)
  2. Stuck On You (1960) (3) (1)
  3. A Mess Of Blues (1960) (2) (32)
  4. It’s Now Or Never (1960) (1) (1)
  5. Are You Lonesome Tonight (1961) (1) (1)
  6. Wooden Heart (1961) (1)
  7. Surrender (1961) (1) (1)
  8. Wild In The Country/I Feel So Bad (1961) (4)
  9. His Latest Flame/Little Sister (1961) (1) (4)
  10. Rock A Hula Baby/Can’t Help Falling In Love (1962) (1) (2)
  11. Good Luck Charm (1962) (1) (1)
  12. She’s Not You (1962) (1) (5)
  13. Return To Sender (1962) (1) (2)
  14. One Broken Heart For Sale (1963) (12) (11)
  15. Devil In Disguise (1963) (1) (3)
  16. Bossa Nova Baby (1963) (13) (8)
  17. Kiss Me Quick (1963) (14) (34)
  18. Viva Las Vegas (1964) (17)
  19. Kissin’ Cousins (1964) (10) (12)
  20. Such A Night (1964) (13) (16)
  21. Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby (1964) (15)
  22. Blue Christmas (1964) (11) (40)
  23. Do The Clam (1965) (19) (21)
  24. Crying In The Chapel (1965) (1) (3)
  25. Tell Me Why (1965) (15) (33)
  26. Blue River (1966) (22) (95)
  27. Frankie And Johnny (1966) (21)
  28. Love Letters (1966) (6) (19)
  29. All That I Am (1966) (18)
  30. If Every Day Was Like Christmas (1966) (13)
  31. Indescribably Blue (1967) (21) (33)
  32. Guitar Man (1968) (19) (43)
  33. U.S. Male (1968) (15) (28)
  34. Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet Baby (1968) (22) (72)
  35. If I Can Dream (1969) (11) (12)
  36. In The Ghetto (1969) (2) (3)
  37. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (1969) (21) (35)
  38. Suspicious Minds (1969) (2) (1)

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Studio Albums in the 1960s

  1. Elvis Is Back (1960) (1) (2)
  2. His Hand In Mine (1960) (3) (13)
  3. Something For Everybody (1961) (2) (1)
  4. Pot Luck (1962) (1) (4)
  5. Elvis For Everyone (1965) (8) (10)
  6. How Great Thou Art (1967) (11) (18)
  7. From Elvis In Memphis (1969) (1) (13)

 

Soundtrack Albums InThe 1960s

  1. G.I. Blues (1960) (1) (1)
  2. Blue Hawaii (1961) (1) (1)
  3. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) (2) (3)
  4. It Happened At The World’s Fair (1963) (4) (4)
  5. Fun In Acapulco (1963) (9) (3)
  6. Kissin’ Cousins (1964) (5) (6)
  7. Roustabout (1964) (12) (1)
  8. Girl Happy (1965) (8) (8)
  9. Harum Scarum (1965) (11) (8)
  10. Frankie And Johnny (1966) (11) (20)
  11. Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) (7) (15)
  12. Spinout (1966) (17) (18)

 

Live Albums In The 1960s

  1. Elvis (NBC TV Special) (1968) (2) (8)
  2. From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis (1969) (3) (12)

 

Compilation Albums In The 1960s

  1. Elvis’ Golden Records Vol.3 (6)

 

 

Elvis Presley – The 70s

Elvis had 26 top 30 singles in the 1970s

Singles

    1. Don’t Cry Daddy (1970) (8)
    2. Kentucky Rain (1970) (21)
    3. The Wonder Of You (1970) (1)
    4. Kentucky Rain (re-entry) (1970) (46)
    5. I’ve Lost You (1970) (9)
    6. There Goes My Everything (1971) (6)
    7. Rags To Riches (1971) (9)
    8. Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog (re-issue) (1971) (10)
    9. I’m Leaving (1971) (23)
    10. I Just Can’t Help Believing (1971) (6)
    11. Until It’s Time For You To Go (1972) (5)
    12. American Trilogy (1972) (8)
    13. Burning Love (1972) (7)
    14. Always On My Mind (1972) (9)
    15. Polk Salad Annie (1973) (23)
    16. Fool (1973) (15)
    17. My Boy (1974) (5)
    18. Promised Land (1975) (9)
    19. Green Green Grass Of Home (1975) (29)
    20. Girl Of My Best Friend (1976) (9)
    21. Suspicion (1976) (9)
    22. Moody Blue (1977) (6)
    23. Way Down (1977) (1)
    24. My Way (1977) (9)
    25. Don’t Be Cruel (1978) (24)
    26. It Won’t Seem Like Christmas Without You (1979) (13)

 

Studio Albums In The 70s

  1. That’s The Way It Is (1970) (12) (21)
  2. Elvis Country ( I’m 10,000 Years Old) (1971) (6) (12)
  3. Love Letters From Elvis (1971) (7) (33)
  4. Elvis Now (1972) (12) (43)
  5. Elvis (The ‘Fool’ Album) 1973) (13) (52)
  6. Promised Land (1975) (21) (47)
  7. From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee (1976) (29) (41)
  8. Moody Blue (1977) (3) (3)

 

Live Albums in the 1970s

  1. On Stage (1970) (2) (13)
  2. Elvis: As Recorded At Madison Square Garden (1972) (3) (11)
  3. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite (1973) (11) (1)
  4. Elvis In Concert (1977) (13) (5)

 

Compilation Albums In The 1970s

  1. Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1 (1974) (20) (1)
  2. Elvis’ 40 Greatest (1974) (1)
  3. The Sun Sessions (1976) (16) (2)
  4. Welcome To My World (1977) (7) (4)

 

 

16th August 1977

All Elvis fans will know that the above date was the day that Elvis died aged 42. A very sad day and a big shock for fans across the world. Elvis’ funeral was held at Graceland on18th August 1977. Outside the gates a car ploughed into the crowds killing two women. 80,000 people lined the route to Forest Hill Cemetery, where Elvis was buried next to his mother. In late August an attempt was made to steal Elvis’ body so Presley and his mother’s remains were reburied in Graceland’s Meditation Centre on October 2nd 1977.

Elvis songs did make the singles charts after his death when he reached number 25 in the UK in 1982 with a release of Are You Lonesome Tonight the live version where Elvis starts laughing at the backing singers vocals. In 1995, he made the UK charts again at 21 with a version of Twelfth Of Never. He then had a surprise number one with a remix of A Little Less Conversation by JXL and finally the following year another remix of Rubberneckin’ by Paul Oakenfield made it to number 3.

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I hope you enjoyed this look at Elvis Presley’s career. He had 88 top 30 singles here in the UK. Wow. If you liked the content in this post leave a comment below. It would be good to hear from you.

 

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