Thursday, July 29, 2010


Oklahoma born and Texas raised, Terry Stafford was the one-or-two-hit-wonder who covered Elvis Presley's version of "Suspicion" two years after Elvis in 1964.

It was a favorite of a certain someone I know that year, and endured.

On the Billboard chart for that spring it was #6 — the same time the Beatles had locked in positions one-through-five.

The Elvis original is deep and lusty, maybe finer, but somehow he missed out having the cooing backup singers which shiver goosebumps up both my arms. Instead, on the Elvis version come guy-shouters, which often sends our kitten Kokomo flying up the stairs.

"Suspicion" (which sold one million copies) was written by the esteem Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman, and produced by Bob Summers the brother-in-law of Les Paul. Terry Stafford passed away in 1996 at age 54 due to liver failure.

Terry Stafford and The Pixies Three

Of course I'm not about to avoid The King's version:

now, put the two songs together and it just might sound
like this ~

chris isaak /