One No.1 Hit For Elvis After Beatles Invasion

Elvis Presley only had one No.1 hit after the Beatles invaded America in 1964.

Elvis Presley’s recording career was not going that well before the Beatles landed in the United States in 1964 but their arrival made it even more difficult for Elvis to go to the top of the charts.

He had a No.1 hit in 1962 in Good Luck Charm but wouldn’t have another No.1 hit till 1969 when Suspicious Minds reached No.1.

With the flood of British artists and groups hitting American shores Elvis was still popular but not to the extent when he had 16 of his 18 No.1 hits from 1956-1961.

Elvis made 15 of his 31 movies after the Beatles made their American debut so he was still in the public eye but just wasn’t recording hit songs much.

The Beatles changed music in America along with the other British performers. Clean cut American groups like the Beach Boys became a scruffy looking group after the British invasion.

I can’t recall Elvis having the scruffy look with a beard like most singers back then. He looked the same until he started wearing flashy costumes when he appeared in concerts.

There was still electricity in the air when Elvis was about to hit the stage and I still recall the excitement of seeing him appear in concert in Monroe, Louisiana in 1974 and in Alexandria, Louisiana five months before his death in 1977.

Elvis continued to make new recordings but his time as an artist recording No.1 hits was over except for the No.1 hit of Suspicious Minds in 1969.

This list shows the decline in his No.1 hits over the last years of his recording career:


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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