Suspicion (Terry Stafford song)

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"Suspicion" is a song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It was one of 25 songs Pomus and Shuman wrote for Elvis Presley.

"Suspicion" featured on Presley's 1962 album Pot Luck with Elvis. The song became a hit in 1964, through an Elvis sound-alike cover version by Terry Stafford. The Stafford version of "Suspicion", which had the dubious distinction of rising from #7 to #6 on the Hot 100 on 4 April 1964, the date that the entire top five positions belonged to The Beatles, peaked at #3 there the next two weeks, and #31 in the UK Singles Chart. Presley's version was eventually a hit in the UK, reaching No. 9 in 1976.

In a 2002 interview with journalist Mick Brown, record producer Phil Spector claimed he wrote and/or produced "Suspicion", but did not receive credit: "I made 'Suspicion' for Terry Stafford -- I didn't get any credit or any money. I didn't care. I just loved making records."[1] However, in the same interview, Spector also made claims of producing records by Elvis Presley without credit, and acting as a translator for the United Nations while a teenager;[1] none of these unlikely claims have been corroborated by anyone else.

Cover versions[edit]

In 1964, Hong Kong singress Rebecca Pan covered this song on her LP album I Love You, released by Diamond Records.

The song was covered by Ronnie McDowell on his 1988 album I'm Still Missing You. His version peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[2]

A maniacal version of the song was recorded by Vivian Stanshall, produced by Keith Moon.

The song has also been covered by Delroy Wilson and Jimmy London.


  1. ^ a b Tearing Down the Wall of Sound by Mick Brown, pp 375.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.