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Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis Presley would've been 70 today, if he hadn't died of a drugs overdose. But his image and magic lives on from beyond the grave, to the extent that he has sold over one billion records worldwide, more than anyone else, and attracts 600,000 tourists a year to Graceland, his home in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as pulling in an annual $45 million through sales of songs and a merchandising range that includes everything from T-shirts to train sets.

But he is set to accomplish one more feat from beyond the grave by reaching the number one spot in the British charts with 'Jailhouse Rock', 47 years after its original release and 28 years after his death from a drug overdose. And if it does reach 'Number One' then the special birthday re-release will give the King his 19th chart-topper, it will be the 999th number one single in UK pop history. Link

Also to commemorate his birthday a three-day Elvis convention will take place in Blackpool, over this weekend with the aim of finding the best European Elvis impersonator. Fans in France will celebrate with a tribute concert by Elvis cover bands and a special exhibition of memorabilia will be on display in Bonn, Germany. And his Graceland, home will be the focus for US celebrations with four days of events including a concert by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Record company SonyBMG are releasing Elvis' 18 number one singles at the rate of one a week in Britain, complete with original artwork and a collector's box. Hit single 'One Night' will follow next week - with the chance of becoming the 1,000th number one as interest surrounding Elvis' birthday grows. Link
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7:22 pm

I'll second all of that!    



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