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Meeting of the 'Minds'

Lisa Marie Presley helps rocker cut Elvis cover. The King's daughter hooked up Pete Yorn with the Sweet Inspirations -- Elvis' backup on the original ''Suspicious Minds'' -- for an update of the song

Pete Yorn | BUD WISER Yorn gets Inspirations from Lisa Marie
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BUD WISER Yorn gets Inspirations from Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie Presley's love life may be a mess, but she's having considerably more success as a musical matchmaker. Elvis' daughter recently met singer-songwriter Pete Yorn at a birthday party for Johnny Ramone. When Yorn told her he was working on a cover of the King's ''Suspicious Minds,'' Presley's eyes lit up. ''We started talking and I told her I was doing the song, and she was like, 'Oh, my God! I'm gonna call the Sweet Inspirations and get them to sing on it,''' says Yorn. ''I was like, 'Yeah, right,' but next thing you know they're in the studio singing.''

The vocal group, which includes Estelle Brown and Myrna Smith, sang on Elvis' 1969 original, as well as countless other '60s classics. Yorn says the track probably won't appear on his upcoming album, tentatively due in April, but it could show up as a B-side or on a soundtrack. ''It turned out great,'' he says. ''I owe her one.''

Originally posted Jan 08, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints