Friday, November 24, 2017

Terry Stafford – "Suspicion" (1964)

Ev’ey time you call me
And tell me we should meet tomorrow
I can't help but think that
You're meeting someone else tonight

There are a zillion ways I can unlock my new Samsung Galaxy S8 phone.

I can unlock it the old-fashioned way, by typing a four-digit PIN.  But that’s no fun.

It’s much cooler to use facial recognition to unlock the S8 – or better yet, the built-in iris scanner.

Eat your hearts out, you iPhone lemmings!
You can also activate the phone’s “Trusted places” option, which keeps the phone unlocked whenever you’re at particular locations.  

Likewise, you can turn on the “Trusted devices” feature, which keeps the phone active as long as you are connected to any Bluetooth device you’ve chosen.

Or you can use the phone’s voice recognition feature to unlock the S8 without having to type in four digits.  (Which is sooooo inconvenient!)

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The S8 and many iPhones (although not the brand-new iPhone X) also can be unlocked with fingerprint scanners.  But if I were you, I wouldn’t activate that feature.


A few days ago, an Iranian couple boarded a Qatar Airways flight in Doha, which is Qatar’s capital.  They were bound for the tropical paradise of Bali.

The nonstop flight from Doha to Bali is ten hours long.  The husband feel asleep soon after the flight took off.  The wife decided to have a few drinks, no doubt hoping to join her spouse in slumberland.

But before she feel asleep, she carefully picked up her sleeping husband’s index finger and pressed it against the fingerprint scanner on his phone to unlock it.

A Qatar Airways 777
Voilà!  All the husband’s dirty little secrets were revealed – including the fact that he may have been having an affair.  

According to some who witnessed the incident, the wife reacted exactly as you would have expected: she started whaling away on her sleeping husband.  There was also a lot of shouting and some unspecified misbehavior that was too much for the flight attendants to handle.

The pilot ended up putting the Boeing 777 down in Chennai, India (which used to be called Madras), where the couple were frogmarched off the plane, along with their young child.  (That's right – they were traveling with a small child.)

I hope the wife learned her lesson, and never pulls a stunt like that again!

And if you are ever tempted to pull a similar stunt, remember the official motto of 2 or 3 lines: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! 

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“Suspicion” was one of the 25 songs that Doc Pomus and Mort Shulman wrote for Elvis Presley.  (“Viva Las Vegas” is perhaps the most familiar of those songs.)

Presley recorded the song in 1962.  It was included on the Pot Luck album, but was not released as a single.

Two years later, Presley soundalike Terry Stafford released his recording of the song, which quickly climbed into the top ten.  (I believed for years that Stafford's version was actually a Presley recording.)

“Suspicion” sat at #6 on the Billboard “Hot 100” in the first week of April 1964 – the five songs ahead of it were all by the Beatles, the first time that one artist had held down the top five chart positions.  The next week, “Suspicion” leapfrogged over “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Please Please Me” to take over the #3 spot, behind only “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Twist and Shout.”

Presley’s record company hurriedly released his version of “Suspicion,” but it was the record’s B-side, “Kiss Me Quick,” that charted.

Five years later, Presley’s cover of another song about suspicion – “Suspicious Minds” – became his final #1 single.

Here’s Terry Stafford’s recording of “Suspicion”:

Click below to buy the song from Amazon:

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