Aired on NBC during the Christmas season, the special fueled a renewed interest in Presley to shift his focus in the studio from movie-soundtrack fodder to songs he could feel more invested in recording and performing. In , James had cut the tune about a troubled relationship as a single for New York-based label Scepter Records, home to artists including B. This would be his 18th and final chart-topper. One of the more unusual aspects of the single is the fade-out that begins at about , lasting for several seconds before fading back in and resuming normal volume, then fading out again for good. During the epic performance of the then-unknown track, Presley and the band would attack then retreat several times, lowering their collective volume on the tune and thereby enhancing its already intrinsic dramatic effect. In , country couple Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter recorded it, landing a Top 30 cut that year and a Number Two country hit six years later. In , U. Newswire Powered by.
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The music recorded during this period — including the songs "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain," and the album 'From Elvis in Memphis' — rank among the best of his career. A pair of archival recordings titled 'American Sound ' and 'Live ' marked this golden anniversary with studio and concert sets. For the anniversary of "Suspicious Minds," the last of Presley's 18 No. He lists them below for UCR, along with where you can find the recordings. The undubbed master from the original recording session in January As Elvis had learned the hard way in the mid-'60s, without a great song, it doesn't matter how good a singer you are. This basic version of the song, before all the overdubbed musicians and singers, and without the legendary "endless" ending, proves just that point. This naked version shows just how strong the song and Elvis' performance are. Possibly more poignant than any other version, this has timeless beauty, which will forever stand the challenge of time and fashion. The most known version of all and also on film.
Elvis Presley 's huge version of the song helped cement him as a legend during his comeback in the late s, but what is it all about and who recorded it first? The song is about a dysfunctional relationship, and various feelings of mistrust within it, and how the couple need to move on in order to survive. James later explained that one night, he was playing around on his Fender guitar and using his Hammond organ pedals for a bass line, and came up with a catchy melody. At the time, he was married to his first wife, but still had feelings for his childhood sweetheart, who was also married. James's wife had suspicions of his feelings to the other woman, and James felt it was a tricky time as all three were "caught in this trap that they could not walk out of". His label loved the song and released it, but they didn't have enough money to promote new artists, and the song didn't preform very well. Crews asked James if he had any songs that would be right for Elvis. James felt Presley needed a more mature rock song to bring him back as a Tom Jones-style singer. Both men felt 'Suspicious Minds' was perfect, and James urged others to get Elvis to hear it. After hearing the song, Elvis decided he could turn it into a hit.
After this recording failed commercially, it was cut by Elvis Presley with producer Chips Moman , becoming a No. It was his eighteenth and last No. Rolling Stone ranked it No. The song is about a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship, and the need of the characters to overcome their issues in order to maintain it.