“Suspicious Minds”, the song that gave back Elvis Presley’s career success went No.1 in 1969

The famous song became The King’s last U.S No.1 before his death when it peaked to the top of the Hot 100 on November 1, 1969

“Suspicious Minds”, the song that gave back Elvis Presley’s career success went No.1 in 1969

Towards the end of the 1960’s, Elvis Presley’s career was slowly fading away after a decade and half of the smash hits and best sellers. The Rock music scene was changing and shifting too fast, and for The King, it was a hard job keeping up with it, but that changed when in 1968 he played his famous NBC TV Special “’68 Comeback Special”, where he re-polished his old hits and indeed made a comeback into the music scene. As a consequence of the show, Presley also began to change his music style, from Rock N’ Roll to a more soulful sound. On November 1, 1969, he returned to the top of the charts with “Suspicious Minds”, hit No.1 in the U.S Hot 100. Written in 1968 by Mark James, who was also co-writer of “Always on My Mind” (later also famously recorded by Presley), the song, which talks about a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship, was first recorded and released by James on Scepter Records in 1968. But despite the quality of the song, James was not able to turn into a hit, and that’s when Elvis took the song and transformed it into one of the most popular tunes of all time. “Suspicious Minds” remains one of Presley’s most iconic tunes, it’s still widely regarded as the song that gave him back his career success. The King first performed the song at the Las Vegas International Hotel (now the Hilton) on July 31, 1969, and it was released as a single on August 26. On November 1, it became his 18th and last U.S No.1 before his death. Throughout the 1970’s, Elvis was able to score a few more hits, however, none was able to beat the success of “Suspicious Minds”.

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