"Suspicious Minds" cover
|Song by Mark James|
|Single by Elvis Presley|
|B-side||You'll Think of Me|
|Released||August 26, 1969|
|Format||45 rpm record|
|Recorded||January 22, 1969|
|Producer||Chips Moman and Felton Jarvis|
|Elvis Presley singles chronology|
"Suspicious Minds" is a song written by American songwriter Mark James. After James' recording failed commercially, the song was handed to Elvis Presley by producer Chips Moman, becoming a number one song in 1969, and one of the most notable hits of Presley's career. "Suspicious Minds" was widely regarded as the single that returned Presley's career success, following his '68 Comeback Special. It was his seventeenth and last number-one single in the United States. Rolling Stone later ranked it #91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song 
The song is about a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship, and the need of the characters to overcome their issues in order to maintain it. Written by Mark James in 1968, who was also co-writer of "Always on My Mind" (which Presley would later record), the song first was recorded and released by James on Scepter Records in 1968. Even though James' recording initially was not commercially successful, Elvis decided he could turn it into a hit on reviewing the song as presented to him by Memphis Soul producer Chips Moman, owner of American Sound Studio, in 1969.
The recording 
Elvis Presley's recordings in American Sound Studio were a direct consequence to '68 Comeback Special, that interested Chips Moman in produce recordings to the new style of Presley, making his comeback to the Memphis musical scene, by recording rock, gospel, country, rhythm & blues and soul. Marty Lacker, a close friend of Elvis, suggested he record at the studio.
American Sound Studio session 
"Suspicious Minds" was a product of January 23, 1969 session, that took place between 4 am and 7 am. It took eight takes to produce the final song that was later overdubbed by Presley that same night. Production of the song was nearly scuttled in a dispute over copyright. The songs "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)", "Without Love (There Is Nothing)", and "I'll Be There" were recorded in the same session. On August 7, the song was again overdubbed to stereo and mono in Las Vegas, where the final master was produced. The song is noted for its change of time signature, in the bridge section, from 4/4 to a slower 6/8 and back again to the faster 4/4 rhythm. The instrumental arrangement uses a bass guitar, organ, strings, trumpets, trombones, and drums. Session producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36, mirroring the way Presley used to perform it in his live Las Vegas stage act. This fade-out lasts for about 15 seconds before fading back in, conveying a message of relationship in the song. The first verse then repeats over and over again, until it completely fades out. Future Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux sang backing vocals on the track.
Release and performances 
Presley first performed the song at the Las Vegas International Hotel (later renamed the Hilton) on July 31, 1969, and the 45 rpm single was released in the fall. It reached number one in the United States in the week of November 1 and stayed there for that week. It would be Presley's final number-one single in the U.S. before his death ("The Wonder of You" in 1970, "Way Down" in 1977 and a posthumous remixed release of "A Little Less Conversation" in 2002 all hit number one on the British charts, followed by re-issues of several previous chart toppers in 2005).
Chart performance 
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks||4|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||3|
|U.K. Singles Chart||2|
|Dutch Top 40||4|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||10|
|Austria Top 40||13|
Fine Young Cannibals version 
|Single by Fine Young Cannibals|
|from the album Fine Young Cannibals|
|Format||7" and 12" singles|
with additional backing vocals by:
|Fine Young Cannibals singles chronology|
The Fine Young Cannibals' music video for the song was filmed in black & white, and remains so for the majority of the song. However, the video is noted for its innovative use of colorization, following the bridge section of the song. The video pays homage to Elvis, both in its use of the monochrome filming (common during Elvis' early career) and the shiny spangled suits that the band wear in the second half of the video.
|This section requires expansion with: more peak positions in other charts. (December 2012)|
|Belgian Singles Chart (Vlanders)||22|
|Dutch Singles Chart||21|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||14|
|U.K. Singles Chart||8|
In popular culture 
Gareth Gates version 
|"The Long and Winding Road / Suspicious Minds"|
|Single by Will Young / Gareth Gates|
|from the album From Now On / What My Heart Wants to Say|
|Released||23 September 2002|
|Producer||Stephen Lipson, Steve Mac|
|Will Young / Gareth Gates singles chronology|
Gareth Gates, a runner up of in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol released a cover version on BMG on 23 September 2002. The single was a double-A side record containing "The Long and Winding Road"/"Suspicious Minds" with the Beatles song performed by Will Young, the winner of the same Pop Idol series with Gates performing the Elvis song.
The single reached the top of the UK Singles Chart where it stayed for 2 consecutive weeks (charts of 29 September 2002 and 6 October 2002), following two other #1s of Gareth Gates, also covers ("Unchained Melody" #1 for 4 consecutive weeks in March and April 2002 and "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)" for another 3 weeks in July 2002).
|U.K. Singles Chart||1|
Other cover versions 
Dee Dee Warwick, Dionne's sister, covered "Suspicious Minds" while Elvis Presley's version was still on the charts. Warwick's version was a minor U.S. hit, peaking at #80 in 1970.
B.J. Thomas recorded the song for his 1969 album "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head."
Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter recorded the song for RCA in 1970. Their version reached No. 25 on the Billboard country chart in November of that year. The Jennings-Colter version was re-released by RCA in 1976, topping out at No. 2, and was included on the ground-breaking album Wanted! The Outlaws that same year.
Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal trio The Heptones released a version of the song in 1971.
Singer Judy Cheeks recorded a version for her 1978 album 'Mellow Lovin'.
Candi Staton had a No. 31 UK hit with her revival in 1982.
In 1992, country singer Dwight Yoakam recorded his version of the song for the soundtrack to the film Honeymoon in Vegas, as well as a video. It was later released on his compilation album The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam.
On 23 September 2002, Gareth Gates, the runner-up in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol released it as a single on BMG. It was produced by Stephen Lipson and Steve Mac. It can also be found on his album What My Heart Wants to Say
In March 2009, Miss Kittin and The Hacker covered "Suspicious Minds" for their album Two, for which they filmed a promotional music video directed by Régis Brochier of 7th floor Productions. Their cover of "Suspicious Minds" was later featured on the downloadable for free mixtape Skull of Dreams by Little Boots.
The Bourbon Cowboys, a Blizzard Entertainment in house band, recorded a cover of the song for inclusion in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. The song is one of the few licensed songs that can be heard on the jukebox that appears between missions. Blizzard has since released the song for purchase on iTunes
Rock band Glasvegas featured Florence (from Florence and the Machine) in a live cover at NME Music awards in 2009.
Language versions 
"Suspicious Minds" has also been translated in a number of languages. It was performed in Dutch as "Door achterdocht verdoofd" by Guido Belcanto on the album Elvis Belgisch released in August 1992. In 1997, an Italian language version was done by Luciano Ligabue with the title "Ultimo tango a Memphis" and is found on the album Su e giù da un palco.
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