Elvis Presley’s legendary songwriter behind Suspicious Minds dies aged 83 | Music | Entertainment | EUROtoday

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Mark James, the legendary tunesmith behind Elvis Presley’s iconic hit Suspicious Minds and the co-writer of Always on My Mind, has handed away on the age of 83.

The Grammy-winning maestro, who was immortalised with an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, died in Nashville on June 8.

In a heartfelt tribute, his household expressed: “Mark’s legacy and zest for life will live on in the hearts of those who loved him, and through his timeless lyrics and melodies that have been the soundtrack of lovers for generations.”

They added poignantly: “He was a captivating storyteller who had the sweetest smile, the most infectious laugh and a twinkle in his eye that never dimmed.”

While Mark is universally celebrated for penning Suspicious Minds, he initially launched the monitor in 1968, hoping to ignite his personal singing profession.

It was solely when the King of Rock and Roll propelled the tune to chart-topping success that it achieved legendary standing.

Recounting the emotional genesis of the tune’s lyrics, Mark informed the Wall Street Journal in 2012: “Late one night, fooling around on my Fender guitar and using my Hammond organ pedals for a bass line, I came up with a catchy melody.

“I used to be married to my first spouse then however nonetheless had emotions for my childhood sweetheart, who was married again in Houston.

“My wife suspected I had those feelings, so it was a confusing time for me.

“I felt as if all three of us have been all caught on this lure that we could not stroll out of.”

Elvis’ last-ever chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100 was celebrated by this iconic song.

The track’s enduring legacy earned it a prestigious Grammy Hall of Fame induction in 1999.

Songster Mark reflected fondly on how the King of Rock and Roll would always ask about new tunes from him.

He shared: “In the years that adopted, every time I noticed Elvis, he’d cross the room simply to say howdy to me regardless of who was with him. After he died, I heard he’d at all times requested the fellows within the studio, ‘Did Mark ship me any extra songs? ‘ Golly, I want I had recognized that.”

Mark, born Francis Zambon, selected a brand new moniker after receiving recommendation suggesting his start title would not sail easily within the music trade.

Among different accomplishments, Mark penned The Eyes Of A New York Woman and Hooked On A Feeling for BJ Thomas’ album On My Way, with Thomas being fondly recalled for the ageless hit Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.

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