the Buzz for December 19th, 2010


Elvis Presley — “Never Been to Spain” (from Viva Las Vegas) — Never Been to Spain (Live) - Elvis: Viva Las Vegas (Remastered)

Over two hundred artists — Three Dog Night, most famously, but also performers as varied as Tina Turner, Cher, and Waylon Jennings (even the formidable Shelby Lynne put her stamp on it a couple of weeks ago with an acoustic cover for iTunes sessions) — have taken a stab at this Hoyt Axton classic, but the King and his potently recognizable basso profundo raise this seeming trifle a notch above the superficial, giving these words a much-needed gravitas and anchoring the story with a rich, emotional truth.