Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………on January 13th of 1969 Elvis Presley begins a ten day recording session that will produce his final US number one record, “Suspicious Minds”. The tracks are laid down at American Sound Studios in Memphis and mark the first time The King has recorded in his hometown since his Sun Records days in 1956. Memphis singer Mark James wrote this. He recorded and released his own version, but it didn’t go anywhere. Memphis Soul producer Chips Moman brought this to Presley in 1969, and Elvis immediately fell in love with it and decided he could turn it into a hit, even though it had flopped for James. This was a big comeback song for Elvis. It was seven years since his last #1 hit. In the UK, Elvis had a hit with this song three times. First in 1969 when it was originally released when it peaked at #2 then in 2001 when a live version recorded at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, in August 1970 was issued and went to #15, then in 2007 when it was re-issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death, going to #11.