Elvis’ last #1 during his lifetime was ‘Suspicious Minds’ 45 years Ago.
After premiering his new single with some sensational Las Vegas summer performances the record would reach the US #1 spot on November 1, 1969.
Billboard notes, “In the wake of the success of Elvis Presley’s December 1968 NBC TV special, Elvis – often referred to as the ’68 Comeback Special – the 34-year-old singer headed into the recording s…tudio in January 1969 to build on the momentum.
Among the cuts Presley laid down at Memphis’ American Sound Studio was his seventh and final No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, “Suspicious Minds.” A number of his hits, such as “Hound Dog,” predate the launch of the chart in 1958.
“This is where it all started for me,” Presley told Billboard during his only in-studio interview after signing with RCA in 1955,”It feels good to be back in Memphis recording.”
Presley also remarked that it was “especially refreshing” that the American Sound sessions were among the few he did in the ’60s that weren’t tied to a film.
After years of acting in movies and churning out their soundtrack albums, Presley and his pop career were rejuvenated. His comeback was complete on Nov. 1, 1969 when “Suspicious Minds,” released as stand-alone single, became his first No. 1 Hot 100 hit since 1962’s “Good Luck Charm.”
Presley continued to rack up top 40 hits in the early ’70s, including his final Billboard No. 2 smash, “Burning Love,” in 1972. (It was blocked from the top by Chuck Berry’s novelty hit ‘My Ding-a-Ling’. ”
given the amazing music that Berry wrote, it is sad that his only hit was an ode to wanking