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The label loved the song and put it out, but Scepter did not have the money to promote new artists, and the song did not make the charts.
Later that year, Don Cruise, Moman's partner, told James that Presley had booked their studio to record what would become the From Elvis in Memphis album.
American Sound Studio was gaining a reputation in the industry as the Box Tops had just recorded "The Letter" there so James relocated to Memphis.
James said that late one night, he was fooling around on his Fender guitar and using his Hammond organ pedals for a bass line and came up with what he thought was a catchy melody.
who was also co-writer of "Always on My Mind" (which Presley would later record), the song was first recorded and released by James on Scepter Records in 1968.
Chips Moman had asked James to come to Memphis to write songs for American Sound Studio. James had written three songs that became number one hits in the Southern United States.
Cruise kept asking James if he had any songs that would be right for Presley.
James at the time was married to his first wife, but still had feelings for his childhood sweetheart, who was married back in Houston. James felt it was a confusing time for him and that all three were caught in this trap that they could not walk out of.At the recording session, James sang the lead vocals, and the studio band backed him with Moman producing."Suspicious Minds" is an American song written and first recorded by American songwriter Mark James.After James' recording failed commercially, the song was handed to Elvis Presley by producer Chips Moman, becoming a number one song in 1969, and one of the most notable hits of Presley's career.
The horns, strings and vocals of the Holladay Sisters were later overdubbed.
After the tape was mixed, James and Moman flew to New York, where James's manager had contacts with Scepter Records.