A very simple piano song for beginners to learn and play is Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley. It was written by American songwriter Mark James, and was given to Elvis Presley to be released as a single, and it turned out to be one of his most popular hits. It was originally written on guitar, but has some strong organ and piano sections, and the song works well as a piano arrangement. It has a very strong melody that can be played on piano.
It reached number one on the American charts in August 1969, and was considered the hit that gave back his career, as seven years had passed before this song since his last number one hit. It was his seventeenth and final number one single in the United States, and the Rolling Stones placed it on their list of 500 as one of the best songs of all time.
It did very well in the UK but lost number one to number two, however he had a hit with this song three times in the UK, first in 1969 when it was first released, second in 2001 when a live version was recorded in Las Vegas and thirdly in 2007 when it was released to celebrate the Life of Elvis, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of his death.
It was the last song Elvis released in the United States before he sadly died on August 16, 1977, at the young age of 42.
The song has been covered by various artists, including Fine Young Cannibals in 1986, Dee Dee Warwick in 1970, while it was still on the charts with Elvis. In 2009 it was covered by the rock band Glasvegas, with singer Florence from Florence and the Machine, they performed it live at the NME Music Awards. It was released in September 2002 by Gareth Gates in September 2002, and it turned out to be his third consecutive number one with Suspicious Minds, making it the most popular cover of the song in the last ten years.
The song is about a mistrust and dysfunctional relationship, and the desperate need for the people in your relationship to overcome their problems in order for their relationship to survive.
The song is in the clef of G major, which really suited Elvis’s voice, and features the chords G major, C major, D major, B minor, and E minor. It has a beautiful mid section that changes time but really brings out the emotion in the song.