Shirley Bassey breaks Elvis’ record

The Dame takes control of the charts

Dame Shirley Bassey has broken Elvis Presley’s record for pop longevity, after her new single ‘The Living Tree’ charted this week.

The 70-year-old vocalist, who is appearing at the Glastonbury Festival this year, is the first artist to have a career of hits spanning more than 50 years – 50 years, two months and 18 days, to be exact.

Bassey’s first hit, ‘Banana Boat Song’, entered the charts in 1957, peaking at Number Eight. ‘The Living Tree’ is at Number 37 – her first Top 40 hit since ‘World In Union’ made it to Number 35 in 1995.


The longest chart run had been previously held by Presley.

Meanwhile Bassey‘s new album, ‘Get The Party Started’, will be released on June 11.