It was 51 years ago today (January 13th, 1969) that Elvis Presley began his second most famous recording sessions. On the heels of his triumphant 1968 NBC “comeback special” he entered American Studios in Memphis to leave behind the artistic malaise that permeated most of his '60s soundtrack work. Alongside his 1953 to 1955 Sun Records recordings, and legendary '50s RCA Victor singles, Presley's “Memphis” tracks have become known as his most important work, resulting in his massive comeback hit, “Suspicious Minds.”
At the time, American Studios was one of the hottest studios in the U.S., the birthplace of hits including B.J. Thomas' “Hooked On A Feeling”; Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline”; and Dusty Springfield's “Son Of A Preacher Man” — as well as her legendary Dusty In Memphis album. Producer Chips Moman ensured that Presley selected the best songs available from all music publishers, not just the companies Elvis owned, ensuring that his voice, matched with crack session players and great songs, would be an unbeatable combination.
For more than five weeks, Elvis dug in and recorded seminal tracks including “Rubberneckin',” “Inherit The Wind,” “Wearin' That Loved On Look,” “Any Day Now,” “Long Black Limousine,” and “Stranger In My Own Hometown.”