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"Suspicious Minds"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side You'll Think Of Me
Released August 26, 1969
Format 45 rpm record
Recorded January 1969
Genre Soul
Length 4:22 (3:28)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mark James
Producer Chips Moman and Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley singles chronology
In the Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
Don't Cry Daddy
"Suspicious Minds"
Single by Fine Young Cannibals
from the album Fine Young Cannibals
Released 1986
Format 45 rpm record
Recorded 1985
with additional backing vocals by:
Jimmy Somerville
Genre Pop
Label London Records, I.R.S. Records
Producer Robin Millar
Fine Young Cannibals singles chronology
Suspicious Minds
Funny How Love Is
"Suspicious Minds"
Single by Gareth Gates
from the album What My Heart Wants to Say
Released 23 September 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Label BMG
Producer Stephen Lipson, Steve Mac
Gareth Gates singles chronology
"Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)"
"The Long and Winding Road" / "Suspicious Minds"
"What My Heart Wants to Say"

"Suspicious Minds" is a song about being trapped in a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship.[1] Originally, and most notably, a hit for Elvis Presley in 1969, "Suspicious Minds" was widely regarded as the single that jump-started Presley's career after his successful '68 Comeback Special. It was his eighteenth and last number-one single in the United States. Rolling Stone later ranked it #91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


Written by Mark James aka Francis Zambon in 1968,[2] who was also co-writer of "Always On My Mind", which Elvis would later record, the song first was recorded and released by James. Even though James' recording initially was not commercially successful, Elvis decided he could turn it into a hit on reviewing the song as presented to him by Memphis Soul producer Chips Moman, owner of American Sound Studio, in 1969.[3][4]

Presley recorded "Suspicious Minds" along with at least another two hit singles—"In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain"—in the so-called "Memphis sessions" of February 1969 at American Sound Studio[5]. He first performed the song at the Las Vegas Hilton on July 31, 1969, and the 45 rpm single was released in the fall. It reached number one in the United States in the week of November 1 and stayed there for that week. It would be Presley's final number-one single in the U.S. before his death ("The Wonder of You" in 1970, "Way Down" in 1977 and a posthumous remixed release of "A Little Less Conversation" in 2002 all hit number one on the British charts, followed by re-issues of several previous chart toppers in 2005). Mark James' version of the song appears as the last song on the 1970 record entitled Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head by B. J. Thomas.[6]

Future Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux sang backing vocals on the track.[7]

This song is part of the soundtrack for 2001's Black Hawk Down. It also plays over the opening credits to the Coen Bros. film Intolerable Cruelty.

Notable in this song is a fadeout at about 3:52 into the song, which lasts for about 15 seconds before fading back in. This fadeout was intentional, as it helped convey a message of relationship in the song.[8]

It is also the sole Elvis Presley track that was released by Time-Life in the 1997 6-CD boxed set, "Gold And Platinum: The Ultimate Rock Collection".

Cover versions

Dee Dee Warwick, Dionne's sister, covered "Suspicious Minds" while Elvis Presley's version was still on the charts. Warwick's version was a minor U.S. hit, peaking at #80 in 1970.

Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter recorded the song for RCA in 1970. Their version reached No. 25 on the Billboard country chart in November of that year. The Jennings-Colter version was re-released by RCA in 1976, topping out at No. 2, and was included on the ground-breaking album Wanted! The Outlaws that same year.

Singer Ronnie McDowell sung the song for the 1979 film of the soundtrack ELVIS.

Candi Staton had a No. 31 UK hit with her revival in 1982.

In 1986, the band Fine Young Cannibals' cover version of the song, which featured backing vocals by Jimmy Somerville, reached #8 on the UK Singles chart. Six years later, country singer Dwight Yoakam recorded his own version of the song for the soundtrack to the movie Honeymoon in Vegas, as well as a video.[9] It was later released on his compilation album The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam.

In 2002, Gareth Gates released his remake as a single from his debut album What My Heart Wants to Say. This version, charted as a double A-side with his duet with Will Young on "The Long and Winding Road," hit number one on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2004, Pete Yorn released a live recording of the song on his 2 disc album Live From New Jersey.

In 2009, Rusted Root covered this on their studio album Stereo Rodeo.

In October 2009, mashup artist Marco van Bastard released a bootleg called "Suspicious Creep" using the Elvis Presley vocal and the instrumental version of Radiohead's "Creep".


  1. ^ Habell-Pallan, Michelle. The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Reader.Published 2006. ISBN 0415235162
  2. ^ Weiss, Adrienne. Awful Gestures. Published 2001 by Insomniac Press. ISBN 1894663128
  3. ^ Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley Songfacts. Obtained February 23, 2008.
  4. ^ Creswell, Toby. 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them. Published 2006 by Thunder's Mouth Press ISBN 1560259159
  5. ^ Introducing Elvis – IT Chapter 1 page 21 – media.wiley –
  6. ^ Library of Congress Online Catalog LCCN Permalink. Raindrops keep fallin' on my head. Accessed February 23, 2008.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ [3]
Preceded by
"I Can't Get Next to You" by The Temptations
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 1, 1969 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Wedding Bell Blues" by The 5th Dimension
Preceded by
"Everybody's Talkin'" by Nilsson
Canada RPM number-one single
October 18, 1969 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wedding Bell Blues" by The 5th Dimension
Preceded by
"Just Like a Pill" by Pink
UK number-one single (Will Young/Gareth Gates version)
September 29, 2002 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Ketchup Song" by Las Ketchup

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