Why country star Dwight Yoakam worried his cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ might fall apart on Rock Radio

TL; DR:

  • Country singer Dwight Yoakam covered Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds”.
  • Yoakam is a fan of many different artists and genres from the 1960s.
  • He said American radio had issues with him and similar artists.
Elvis Presley, singer of “Suspicious Minds” | Archive by Michael Ochs/Getty Images

Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” is the most famous version of the song. However, country music star Dwight Yoakam covered “Suspicious Minds” in 1992. Yoakam once revealed why he wasn’t sure his cover would play on rock radio.

Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ Was Far From the Only 1960s Song Dwight Yoakam Knew

Yoakam is a country singer, but he was exposed to multiple genres growing up. During a 1992 interview with the Orlando Sentinel, he discussed his first exposure to radio.

“I grew up in the 60s listening to the radio when the Top 40 was literally exploding with a multiplicity of sounds and styles, from Motown to the Beatles to the remnants of rockabilly as Roy Orbison and Del Shannon. and people like that, alongside the hard-core R&B; of Wilson Pickett, the Memphis sound, the Stax sound,” he said. “It was a good time to be exposed to American pop culture. “

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Dwight Yoakam worried that stations would air his Elvis Presley cover because he was a country singer

In 1992, Yoakam covered “Suspicious Minds”. He feared the cover would fail commercially. “There’s an air of ostracism – I don’t know if it’s grammatically correct, but it’s a word now,” Yoakam said.

“[On American radio], you are being discriminated against because you had hits on country radio,” he added. “Ironically, there is no stigma attached to being a country artist in Europe.

“If a thing is pop, and it works pop and talks pop, they play it pop,” Yoakam continued. “There is no segregation of music… in Europe. It’s unfortunate – we could have an extremely provocative pop radio format (here) if they allowed it.

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How ‘Suspicious Minds’ and the Dwight Yoakam cover fared on the charts in the US

Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds” was a huge hit. For one week it topped the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for a total of 15 weeks. The song appeared on the compilation album Elvis: 30 No. 1 hits. The compilation was No. 1 for three of its 129 weeks on the Billboard 200.

Meanwhile, Yoakam’s “Suspicious Minds” was a more modest hit. It peaked at number 35 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, remaining on the chart for 20 weeks. Yoakam released the song on the album The best of Dwight Yoakam. The album reached number 87 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the charts for 22 weeks.

Yoakam’s “Suspicious Minds” found an audience – even though it wasn’t on the pop charts.

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