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February 22nd,  2018   -   Tom Breihan for Stereo Gum   /   Elvis Express Radio
On the Number Ones, Tom Breihan for Stereo Gum is taking on the task of reviewing every single #1 record in the history of the Billboard chart, starting in 1958 with the Hot 100
charts very beginning and then working his way up the chart toppers into present day.

Elvis Presley – “Stuck On You”

HIT #1 = April 25, 1960

STAYED AT #1 = 4 weeks

By the time Elvis Presley got out of the Army, he was who he was. When Presley got back home and returned to recording, the hunger and wildness and desperation of his early
years were gone. He was happy to play into the character that he’d built for himself. There’s no urgency in “Stuck On You,” the first single that Presley released after his time in the
military. Instead, the Elvis of “Stuck On You” sounds like an Elvis impersonator, leaning hard on his gasps and hiccups and little baritone voice-drops. You can almost hear finger-
gun winking.

Presley recorded a few transcendent songs after his time in the Army, mostly by leaning hard into the old-school entertainer side of his persona. “Stuck On You” isn’t one of those
transcendent songs. It’s an amiable midtempo blues shuffle, a lazy-afternoon sort of thing. It’s pure autopilot. But even on autopilot, Presley had so much presence and charisma in
his voice that he still left an impression.

The vocal tics of “Stuck On You” are pure silliness. But when Presley hits the chorus and kicks things up a couple of notches, you can hear echoes of the dangerous, feverish singer
who’d captured and scandalized the world only a few years earlier. Presley wasn’t all that interested in letting that guy off the leash, but he was still in there somewhere.

GRADE: 6/10

EER Editor's Points
November 12, 1955, Billboard published The Top 100 for the first time. The Top 100 combined all aspects of a single's performance (sales, airplay and jukebox activity), based on a
point system that typically gave sales (purchases) more weight than radio airplay. The Best Sellers In Stores, Most Played by Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes charts
continued to be published concurrently with the new Top 100 chart.

On August 4, 1958, Billboard premiered one main all-genre singles chart: the Hot 100. The Hot 100 quickly became the industry standard and Billboard discontinued the Best Sellers
In Stores chart on October 13, 1958.

In recent years, Billboard decided to re-structure the American music charts by removing all Billboard Top 100 entries PRIOR to the set up of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and
completely wiping all Double A Side entries from the U.S. Chart History.

Before these re-writings Elvis Presley had 17 Billboard Number One's. NOW, Elvis officially has had just 7 U.S. Chart Toppers, erasing the likes of these history making records,
"Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel", "Love Me Tender", "Teddy Bear" to name just 5.

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