A New Elvis Album Is Coming, First Track Is a Michael Buble ‘Duet’
It's been a little while since we've heard new music Michael Bublé — his last studio album was 2013's To Be Loved. But his fans can rejoice today (September 14), because he's just recorded a song "with" with Elvis Presley. Elvis fans have a reason to celebrate, too...or cause for displeasure, depending on their feelings about posthumous releases.
Bublé has contributed to a virtual duet of "Fever," and it'll appear on the upcoming If I Can Dream album, which combines vocals from Elvis with fresh instrumentation courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Operatic pop trio Il Volo and guitarist Duane Eddy also appear on the release, which is due out on October 30.
People has a first listen of the jazzy song, plus an interview with Bublé on the honor of sharing a track with The King. "For me to do this today, is one of the greatest things I've ever done," he told the magazine."It's the highlight of my career. Even though he's not here and it's a virtual duet, I know he's still here."
Presley's ex-wife Priscilla Presley also praised the project, saying, "This would be a dream come true for Elvis. He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music ... the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done."
Elvis made a hit in 1960. The song was written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell and — like many of Elvis's songs — was originally recorded by a black artist, Little Willie John. It was also popularized by versions from Peggy Lee, Cuban salsa star La Lupe and Madonna on her Erotica album.