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Elvis Presley in 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock.”

MILTON-FREEWATER — Elvis Presley racked up more than 150 hits on the Billboard popular music charts, including 104 that made the Top 40 and 18 that hit No. 1. 

Truly he was the King of Rock and Roll, said music curator Bob Jones in a release. 

As BJ the DJ for Oldies Night in Milton-Freewater, Jones will spin The King’s biggest hit singles from 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 816 S. Main St. 

Doors open at 6 p.m., with still more Elvis hits filling the hour preceding the program.

Jones said Elvis’ chart career began in 1955 when he was recording for independent Memphis label Sun Records, and took off after RCA bought his contract and made him a superstar in 1956. 

Elvis was the leading singles records artist six times in seven years, from 1956-62, the exception being 1959, when he was in the U.S. Army and rarely available for recording, performing or appearing on TV.

He continued to hit the music charts long after his untimely death at 42 in 1977, with more than 20 LPs charting from that time through the late 1990s.

His biggest hit singles range from early Sun singles like “I Forgot to Remember to Forget,” which made the Billboard country music charts but didn’t cross over to the pop charts, to “Burning Love,” his 129th pop hit from 1972 and last Top 10 smash. 

There will be interesting facts about the singer, his songwriters and the songs. Questions and comments from the audience are welcome.

Admission is free.

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