Suspicious Minds (1969)

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 Elvis Presley (born Elvis Aron Presley January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, died August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee.)

Called the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis is generally considered to be the most important, iconic entertainer of the 20th Century. He has sold over one billion records worldwide, more than anyone in record industry history. He has had 150 albums and singles certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum, 149 charting songs in the US, 114 of which were Top 40 hits, 40 of which were Top 10 hits, and 18 #1 hits.

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #3 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

On January 13, 1969, Presley entered American Sound Studio in Memphis, the first time he had recorded in his hometown since 1956. During that time, producer Chips Moman brought "Suspicious Minds" to Presley, who immediately fell in love with it.

It was recorded between 4:00 AM and 7:00 AM in the morning. During his 1969 Memphis sessions, he also recorded such hits as "In The Ghetto", "Kentucky Rain" and "Don’t Cry Daddy".

He first performed the song live at the Las Vegas Hilton on July 31, 1969.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Suspicious Minds" at #91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Chart position:
#1 (US), #2 (UK).

It was #1 in the US for one week in November 1969. It was preceded at #1 in the US by "I Can't Get Next to You" (Temptations) and succeeded by "Wedding Bell Blues" (Fifth Dimension.)

Widely regarded as the single that jump-started Elvis' career, as it was his first #1 hit in 7 years. It was Elvis' eighteenth US #1 single, and would be his final US #1 single during his lifetime.

The Top Five Songs November 1, 1969 (US Billboard Hot 100).
  1. "Suspicious Minds" (Elvis Presley)
  2. "Wedding Bell Blues" (Fifth Dimension)
  3. "Sugar, Sugar" (Archies)
  4. "I Can't Get Next to You" (Temptations)
  5. "Baby It's You" (Smith)
Written by: Mark James.

James also wrote/co-wrote such songs as "The Eyes Of A New York Woman", "Hooked On A Feeling" (both hits for B.J. Thomas), "Always On My Mind", "Raised On Rock", "Moody Blue", and more.

Tensions arose between Elvis and his manager Colonel Parker when James refused to give him a cut of the publishing royalties. Parker was determined to hold out, but Elvis' love of the song ultimately won out, knowing he could make it a hit. It had flopped the previous year for James.

Also by:
Dwight Yoakam, for the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas, which featured covers of Elvis Presley songs performed by many contemporary artists. The movie was notable for featuring the Flying Elvises (a group of skydiving Elvis impersonators).

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