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Dutch Musician Remixes Elvis Song


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By The Associated Press

June 15, 2002, 4:26 PM EDT

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Elvis Presley is expected to score a posthumous hit with a Dutch remix of 1968's "A Little Less Conversation."

Dutch musician Tom Holkenburg, known in Europe as the disc jockey of the techno-group Junkie XL, remixed the song for a Nike television commercial. Although a contemporary remix, "Elvis vs. JXL -- a Little Less Conversation" leaves Presley's distinctive vocals intact.

The single, which was released throughout Europe on Monday, sold more than 67,000 copies in Britain the first day, more than the total sales of last week's No. 1 on the British charts, "Light My Fire" by Will Young.

Figures for sales in the Netherlands or elsewhere in Europe were unavailable.

A top-selling hit would return Presley to the "Guinness Book of Records" as the artist with the most No. 1 recordings in England, breaking the long-running tie with the Beatles with 17 apiece.

"We can be making history here," said Adam Bradley, marketing manager for record company BMG, in a telephone call from London on Thursday.

The single will be released in the United States on June 25. "Our people in America are confident they will also have a No. 1 with this," Bradley said.

"A Little Less Conversation" was written by Mac Davis and Billy Strange for the 1968 film "Live a Little, Love a Little." The original was also on the soundtrack of the 2001 movie "Ocean's Eleven."

The remix was approved for the Nike ad by Presley's estate, although Junkie XL was asked to change its name to JXL to avoid a reference to drugs. "They were delighted with the song," Bradley said.

Presley died at his home in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 16, 1977. He was 42.

Copyright 2002, The Associated Press


 



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