Hello:  Elvis Presley, “The King Of Rock and Roll”, the all-time #1 ranked singer had a chart history that began on March 3, 1956 and continued until his death on August 16, 1977 at his mansion “Graceland” in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was only 42 years old.  Elvis, through the re-mix versions of “A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION” and “RUBBERNECKIN'” was still charting records in 2002 and 2003.

Elvis’s last number 1 record in his lifetime made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on September 13, 1969.  “SUSPICIOUS MINDS” on RCA Victor Records reached #1 on November 1, 1969.  The single had a 15 week stay on the Hot 100 chart and sold over 2 million copies.  “Suspicious Minds” was Elvis’s 124th charted single record, he has 165 charted hits to date.  The flip side of the record was “YOU’LL THINK OF ME”, a very good song that did not chart.

“Suspicious Minds” was recorded at the “Memphis sessions” in February of 1969.  The song was written by “Mark James” in 1968 and was recorded and released by Mark, but it failed to chart.  Elvis liked the song and felt he could turn it into a hit.  The song was brought to Elvis by “Chips Moman, owner of American Sound Studio, in 1969.

“Suspicious Minds” is noted for the fadeout and then fades back in, to bring home the message of the relationship in the song.  Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter recorded the song on RCA Records in 1970.  Their version reached #25 on the Billboard Country chart.  Their version was re-released by RCA in 1976 and peaked at #2 on the Country chart and was included in their history-making album “Wanted! The Outlaws” that same year.

Elvis Presley’s version is ranked #91 on the “Rolling Stone” Top 500 songs of all-time list, it won a “Hall of Fame” Grammy Award and is in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.  It is also listed by BMI (Broadcast Music Industry) at #30 on their list of the 100 most played songs of the 20th Century.  Elvis Presley was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1986.

Till the next time—Joe


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