Monday, April 9, 2012

The Great Elvis Presley

I am an American, and will always be an American, so I thought that it was about time that I featured on Angel Watchers the greatest performer ever to be produced by my country.  His name is Elvis Aaron Presley, and he was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935, thirty-five minutes after Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, who was delivered stillborn.  Who would have known at that time, that from such humble beginnings, Elvis would grow up to be the most popular singer in America, and as they say, the rest is history.  In 1961, Elvis recorded "Suspicion" that was written specifically for him by famed American composers Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman .  It is probably the best recording that Elvis ever made, but for reasons unknown, it was not released as a single, but instead, it came out as part of an album called "Pot Luck" that did not go anywhere on the pop charts.  Even today, I wonder who was the genius, or geniuses at RCA, that were responsible for that debacle.  Unfortunately, in 1964, a cover version of "Suspicion" was released by Terry Stafford, an Elvis sound-alike on the Crusader record label, and that version soared on the pop charts.  Stafford's "Suspicion" made it to number 3 in the U.S., and number 31 on the UK Singles Chart.  It's now considered to be the definitive interpretation of "Suspicion".  Few people today know that Elvis actually recorded the original version of "Suspicion", which is far superior to Terry Stafford's cover.  It is interesting to notice that the opening notes of "Suspicion" in the Elvis version, sounds a lot like the opening notes of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me", which is not surprising, as the co-composers of "Stand By Me" are Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller who wrote "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" for Elvis.  I take great pleasure in reintroducing everyone to Elvis' classic and wonderful "Suspicion".  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

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