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Elvis And Billboard's Country Songs Chart

Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:11 pm

As published in the latest Issue of Billboard Magazine:

Dating to the Country Songs chart's earliest incarnation in 1944 (as "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records"), Elvis Presley has gone the longest between No. 1s. The King waited 19 years, two months and two weeks between "Jailhouse Rock," his eighth genre No. 1, the week of Dec. 2, 1957, and "Moody Blue," which returned him to the summit on Feb. 19, 1977.

Following his No. 1 homecoming, Presley reigned with his next single, as well, as "Way Down" led the Aug. 20, 1977, chart. The coronation was more bitter than sweet, as Presley had died four days earlier.

He logged his 11th and final Country Songs No. 1 with "Guitar Man" in 1981.

Brian