Alright then, enough foolishness! This week's video prompt came courtesy of Alannah Myles belting out Black Velvet in tribute to the King and not the whiskey - Elvis Presley himself. Now I suppose that by all counts I could be old enough to be one of those girls who thought Elvis was all that and a bag of chips as well as several different sides of dip but truth be told, I don't recall ever being gaga over the guy. His first single Love Me Tender came out in 1956 when I wasn't even a twinkle in my mother's eye and by the time he made his big comeback television special in 1968 I was still only ten years old and more interested in Little Joe on Bonanza (Michael Landon was totally dreamy when he was younger!) than I was about the guy with the swivel hips who shocked and rocked a nation.
That's not to say the fella didn't have songs that I liked as he did - Can't Help Falling in Love, She's Not You, A Little Less Conversation, and my all-time favorite - Suspicious Minds. Leave it to me to be enamored of a song about being trapped in a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship!
Elvis recorded Suspicious Minds along with at least another two hit singles that are on my "List of Elvis Songs I Like" - In the Ghetto and Kentucky Rain - during the 13-day recording span (the so-called "Memphis Sessions") in February of 1969 at American Sound Studio in Tennessee. The song was first performed at the Las Vegas Hilton on July 31st, 1969 and the 45-rpm single was released that fall. It reached number one in the United States the week of November 1st and stayed there for just that one week before it was booted off the top spot by The Fifth Dimension's Wedding Bell Blues on November 8th. Ah yes, another song right up my alley with dual themes of adoring love and frustrated lament. ... sigh ... Anyhow, Suspicious Minds would be Presley's final number-one single in the U.S. before his death in August of 1977 due to a compromised health system from prescription drug abuse - talk about being caught in a trap and can't walk out.
Ah well, as the song goes "If there's a rock and roll heaven, you know they've got a hell of a band" ...