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'Suspicious Minds'
Elvis Presley
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“Suspicious Minds” is worthy of a place in any history of music if only because it represents the last great moment in the career of Elvis Presley. It also happens to be a giant of a track. The track positively pulsates with emotion and Elvis throws his all into his singing,
Elvis Presley
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Composer Mark James
Genre Pop
Album Elvis In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Released 1969
UK Chart Position 2
showing his delight at cutting a quality single back in Memphis after years of recording mostly soundtrack filler. By 1969 he had been without a US number one for seven years, but together with his album From Elvis In Memphis, this marked a return to form as he finally updated his sound to reflect the changing musical landscape. “Suspicious Minds” has a definite soul feel to it, with the Stax-like chorus alternating with the slow-burning verses in which Elvis pleads with his lover not to let distrust destroy their relationship. Then of course there’s the famous false ending, with Elvis waiting until the song has almost faded out before leaping back into action to bellow the chorus again and again. The track sparked a row between Elvis and his manager Colonel Parker when the song’s copyright owner refused to hand over a cut of the publishing royalties. Parker was determined to hold out for the cash, but Elvis’ love of the song ultimately won over The Colonel’s love of money.

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 Charlene Spiteri even dressed as Elvis while performing the song live.

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