Fittingly, the last #1 single of the King’s career debuted in Las Vegas in July 1969. Although Presley had recorded the single six months earlier, he held off on adding it to his stage show until just before it was released in the fall of ‘69.
The song had failed as a single by songwriter Mark James, but Presley’s team felt that – in the wake of the ‘68 Comeback Special – this would be the type of song that would bring the King back to the top of the charts.
The recording session was done in one sitting, early on a January morning, just a couple of months after the Comeback Special. It’s claimed that the session almost didn’t happen due to concerns about copyright on the song, but those were resolved and we got the song that would be the King’s first #1 since 1962 and last before his death.
And to this day, 35 years after the King died, there are still the occasional Elvis sightings… proof, I suppose, that music fans will always believe “the King is dead, long live the King”. Of course, had he lived, he’d be 77, so it’s not out of the question that if he faked his death… nah, never mind.
Tomorrow, a singer who went from a #1 hit to motherhood and selling real estate…
Other songs that reached #1 on November 1:
1975 – “Island Girl” by Elton John (his fifth, 3 weeks)