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Elvis Presley

The king was as big in the 1970s as he was in the 1950s and 1960s. In fact the UK charts of the first week of January 1970 had Elvis already in them with his hit Suspicious Minds at No.4, the song would appear twice more in the charts during the 1970s.

By the 1970s Elvis had already made his comeback concert in 1968, and was now charting regularly and appearing at big lavish shows around the world. Elvis was HUGE. He also divorced his wife in 1972, and had to be hospitalised twice because of his overdose. Elvis and drugs were now all one thing, and it is strongly belied this was his downfall.

Elvis records just kept coming and coming throughout the 1970s as more people began to watch his movies on television and listen to the non-stop compilation albums that came out every few months.

In 1970 Elvis had a number one with The Wonder Of You written by Baker Knight and a small hit in 1959 by Ray Peterson. The song stayed at No. 1 in the UK for six long weeks.
1977 Elvis had a hit with Moody Blue which was written by the same man who wrote Suspicious Minds, he was Mark James who also wrote Hooked On A Feeling. The Moody Blue song was recorded in the Jungle room inside Gracelands.

It was Layng Martine that wrote the very last Elvis hit he would have whilst alive. It was still 1977 and this single “Way down” was just slowly making its way up the charts when the world was hit by the news that Elvis had died. He died on the toilet at his home in Graceland, and this song became his very first No. 1 after his death.

The death of Elvis was huge, and the two autopsies did not show that drugs were a factor, but they could not be ruled out. But what was known was that Elvis had an enlarged heart for many years, and that a heart attack was the main reason for his sudden death.

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