First up this week is The King hitting his glory in the closing number of the fantabulous '68 Comeback Special, the live rendition of his gut-searing interpretation of Walter Earl Brown's "If I Can Dream." Originally recorded by Elvis two months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this proves Presley was as sensational a spiritual/gospel singer as he was a rocker and romantic. Feel the emotion in this one, won't you?
The second round comes from Orlando Cachaito Lopez's sultry "Mis Dos Pequenas." I'm a big fan of Latin music, especially that which yields heavy percussion. No disappointments here. I got turned onto Orlando Cachaito Lopez courtesy of the first soundtrack to the HBO series Six Feet Under (a show I miss dearly) and I really adore this number.
Speaking of sultry, last up is Atlanta Rhythm Section and their best-known number, the super-sexy "So Into You." I remember digging the hell out of this song as far back as my childhood, but these days, I get fired up in a more adult manner anytime I play it...and I play it a lot.
Let's groove, baby.
Elvis Presley - "If I Can Dream" (from the '68 Comeback Special)
Orlando Cachaito Lopez - "Mis Dos Pequenas"
Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So Into You"