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Suspicious Minds

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Information:

Suspicious Minds was written by Mark James and recorded by him at American Sound Studios in 1968. His recording (Scepter 12221) did not chart.

 

On January 23, 1969, Elvis recorded Suspicious Minds at American Sound Studios using the same musicians that Mark James had used. Both recordings were produced by Chips Moman. The release of Suspicious Minds was a splice of three takes. Horns were overdubbed on August 7, 1969, at United Recording Studios in Las Vegas. In November 1969, Suspicious Minds reached the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, replacing the Temptations I Can't Get Next to You. After only one week at number one, Suspicious Minds was replaced by the Fifth Dimension's Wedding Bell Blues. Elvis would never again have a number one record on the Hot 100 chart. At 4 minutes, 22 seconds, Suspicious Minds was Elvis's longest number one record. It spent a total of 15 weeks on the chart. Sales of the record easily exceeded a million copies. On May 21, 1971, Suspicious Minds was named the Outstanding Single Recorded in Memphis.

 

An August 1970 performance of Suspicious MInds at the International Hotel in Las Vegas was used in the documentary, Elvis - That's the Way It Is. Another performance from his April 1972 tour was used in Elvis on Tour, and a performance from the 1973 TV special, Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii, was used in the 1981 documentary, This is Elvis.

 

For the 1983 film Breathless, Orion Pictures wanted to use a portion of Suspicious Minds on the soundtrack. The Presley Estate and RCA Records wanted $ 40,000 for the rights. Orion Pictures brought back the original members of Elvis's band to record the song with an Elvis imitator at a cost of only $ 7,500.

 

In August 1987, USA Today had a telephone call-up-ballot on the callers' favourite Elvis song. Suspicious Minds won with a 30.5 percent of the vote. Love Me Tender came in second with 24 percent.

 

Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter recorded a cover of Suspicious Minds (RCA 47-9920) that made it to #25 on the country chart in 1970. The 1976 re-issue (RCA PB-10653) reached #2. A pop version by Dee Dee Warwick (Atco 6810) reached #80 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1971.

 

Lyrics:


1. We're caught in a trap, I can't walk out because I love you too much, baby

Why can't you see what you're doing to me, when you don't believe a word I say
We can't go on together with suspicious minds
And we can't build our dreams on suspicious minds

So, if an old friend I know drops by to say hello
Will I still see suspicion in your eyes
Here we go again, asking where I've been
You can't see the tears are real I'm crying

We can't go on together with suspicious minds
And we can't build our dreams on suspicious minds

Oh, let our love survive, or dry the tears from your eyes
Let's don't let a good thing die when, honey, you know I've never lied to you
Mmm yeah, yeah

 

1. 1. (repeat)


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on single »

 

Singles:

- Suspicious Minds / You'll Think of Me (RCA 47-9764) September 1969. Standard release »

- Suspicious Minds / You'll Think of Me (RCA 447-0673) December 1970. Gold standard series reissue.

- Suspicious Minds / You'll Think of Me (RCA PB-11103) October 1977. One of 15 singles in the boxed set 15 Golden Records - 30 Golden Hits (RCA PP-11301).

- The Elvis Medley / Always on My Mind (RCA PB - 13351) November 1982. The Elvis Medley featured excerpts from Suspicious Minds, as well as Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear, Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel and Burning Love.

- The Elvis Medley / The Elvis Medley (short version) (RCA JB-13351) November 1982. Disc jockey promotional release.

- Suspicious Minds / Burning Love (RCA PB-13896) October 1984. One of six singles in the boxed set Elvis' Greatest Hits - Golden Singles, Volume 2. The record was pressed on gold vinyl with a special gold "50th" anniversary label.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Back in Memphis (From Memphis to Vegas) (1969) »

- In Person at the International Hotel (1970) »

- Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970) »

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1972) »

- Aloha From Hawaii (1973) »

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Parts 3 & 4 (1978) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1979) »

– Elvis Aron Presley (1980) »

– The Legendary Magic of Elvis Presley (1980) »

– This Is Elvis (1981) »

– Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (1981) »

– Elvis Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (1981) »

– Country Music (1981) - Time Life »

– Elvis Love Songs (1981) - K-Tel »

- The Elvis Medley (1982)

- Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 5 (1984)

- The Collection, Volume 4 (1986)

- The Top Ten Hits (1987)

- The Number One Hits (1987)

- The Memphis Record (1987)

- The Alternate Aloha (1988)

- From the Heart (1991)

- From Nashville to Memphis – The Essential 60’s Masters (1993)

- Gold – The Very Best of the King (1995)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995)

- Heart and Soul (1995)

- Always Elvis – The Dutch Album (1997)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- An Afternoon in the Garden (1997)

- Are You Lonesome Tonight (1997)

- All Time Greatest Hits (1997)

- Elvis Golden Records, Volume 5 (1997)

- Elvis Greatest Jukebox Hits (1997)

- Forever in Love (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Love Songs (1998)

- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- Suspicious Minds (1999)

- Elvis – The Concert (1999)

- All the Best (1999)

- Best of Artist of the Century (2000)

- That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- The 50 Greatest Hits (2000)

- Elvis 2000: Best of the King (2000)

- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)

- The Swedish Hit Collection (2000)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- Memphis Sessions (2001) - FTD »

- Live in Las Vegas (2001)

- The Very Best of Love (2001) - Madacy

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)

- Elvis 60’s (2001)

- The Live Greatest Hits (2001)

- Elvis 30#1 Hits (2002)

- Elvis at the International (2002) - FTD »

- Elvis 30#1 Hits Deluxe 2 CD Edition (2003)

- Heart and Soul (2003)

- Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (2003) - FTD »

- Close Up (2003)

- Closing Night (2004) – FTD »

- The Impossible Dream (2004) - FTD »

- Polk Salad Annie (2004) – FTD »

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis Forever – Limited Edition (2004)

- All Shook Up (2005) – FTD »

- Summer Festival (2005) - FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2005) - FTD »

- Hitstory (2005)

- Elvis Live (2006)

- I Found My Thrill (2006) - FTD »

- Writing For the King (2006) - FTD »

- An American Trilogy (2007) – FTD »

- Elvis – The Dutch Collection (2007)

- Elvis – The King (2007)

- Live in L.A. (2007) – FTD »

- Suspicious Minds (2007)

- The Essential Elvis Presley (2007)

- Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas (2008) - FTD »

- I'll Remember You (2008) - FTD »

- The Wonder of You (2009) »

- From Sunset to Las Vegas (2009) - FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2009) - FTD »

- High Sierra (2010) - FTD »

- Elvis as Recorded at Boston Garden '71 (2010) - FTD »

– Live in Las Vegas (2011) - FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2011) - FTD »

– 48 Hours to Memphis (2011) - FTD »

- On Stage - February, 1970 (2012) - FTD »

- Elvis Back in Memphis (2012) - FTD »

– 3000 South Paradise Road (2012) - FTD »

– Sold Out! (2013) - FTD » 

– Hot August Night (2013) - FTD »

– The On Stage Season (2013) - FTD »

– Destination U.S.A. (2014) - FTD »

- The Return to Vegas (2014) - FTD »

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD »

- Taking Care of Business (2016) - FTD »

- Home Town Shows (2016) - FTD »

– Elvis at Madison Square Garden (2017) - FTD »

– Lake Tahoe '74 (2017) - FTD »

– Murfreesboro '74 (2018) - FTD »
– Omaha, Nebraska '74 (2018) - FTD »

– What Now My Love (2018) - FTD »

– American Sound 1969 (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- From Las Vegas... to Niagara Falls (1974) - Live Productions

- The Hillbilly Cat "Live" - 1954 - 1974, Volume 1 (1974) - Brookville Records

- The Legend Lives On (1976) - Presley Collection Series

- Superstar Outtakes (1976) - E.P. Records

- Behind Closed Doors (1979) - Audifon Records

- To Know Him is to Love Him (1978) - Black Belt Records

- Aloha Rehearsal Show - Kui Lee Cancer Benefit (1980) - Amiga Records

- That's the Way It Is (1980) - Amiga Records

- The Complete Kid Galahad Session, Volume 3 (1987) - TCB Records

 

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