In June 12 LOS ANGELES story headlined "Elvis poised to hitNo. 1 in UK with remix" ... please read in final paragraph ...at age 42 ... instead of ... at age 44 (Corrects age at death)
A corrected version follows:
By Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES, June 12 (Reuters) - The king is back. ElvisPresley, who has battled the Beatles for the most No. 1 hits onthe UK charts, is poised to grab the crown with a new versionof an obscure tune that barely charted when it first came out34 years ago, RCA officials said on Wednesday.
A dance remix of "A Little Less Conversation," whichPresley performed in his 1968 film "Live a Little, Love a Lot,"has been drawing brisk sales and heavy radio airplay in Britainsince it was released there as a single on Monday.
The recording is expected to top the British singles chartsnext week, breaking the long-running tie between Presley andthe Beatles for the most No. 1 hits in the United Kingdom,which currently stands at 17 apiece, an RCA spokesman said.
The original version of the song reached No. 69 on the U.S.singles charts in 1968 and failed to chart at all in Britain.
But the record books will contain an asterisk, as the newrecording takes some liberties with the song as it wasoriginally performed by the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The updated version of "A Little Less Conversation" adds aminute-long electronic introduction, surrounds Presley's vocalswith new rhythms and beats and extends the song with danceloops and techno tracks.
"If you hear the first minute of the song, you would haveno idea that it's Elvis. It sounds like a techno song," saidRCA general manager Richard Sanders. "And when you hear hisvoice kick in, it's like, 'Oh, my, that's Elvis!"
Sanders said it marks the first contemporary remix ofPresley's music allowed by RCA, a unit of Bertelsmann AG's BMG. RCA owns rights to the original masterrecordings of Presley's entire catalog, a spokesman said.
The six-minute-plus recording is the work of popularAmsterdam-based DJ and producer JXL. He was licensed by RCA andElvis Presley Enterprises to remix the song for the soundtrackto Nike's $90 million worldwide ad campaign tied to the WorldCup soccer tournament.
The full-length remix, a three-minute version edited forradio and the original version of the song are all contained onthe single, which is due for release in the United States onJune 25.
The original song also appeared last year on the soundtrackto the hit movie "Ocean's Eleven," which starred George Clooneyand Brad Pitt.
Presley is likely to return to the charts again this fallwhen RCA releases a one-CD collection of 30 of his No. 1 hitsto commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death. That album,titled "ELV1S 30 # 1 Hits" is due out Sept. 24 in the U.S.
He died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.