Few covers are ever better than the origianl. Some come close but the one you heard first always seems to stand out. Of course, many today may not know the origianls. I overheard a conversation in the grocery store the other day between two young women extolling the virtues of a popular current star and her “new” song. They didn’t seem to realize it was a cover of an oldie-but-goodie from the 60s. Oh, well, such is youth!
Whether it was Tom Jones or Simon and Garfunkle, Elvis could always take just about any popular song and make it his own. His take on Bridge Over Troubled Water proves my point.