Many artists covered this, including Dobie Gray, Rita Coolidge, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. In 2013, studio session musician Norbert Putnam added Elvis Presley to the list, though his version was never finished. Putnam, who played bass on 122 Elvis songs, remembers the singer falling in love with the track, but it proved too painful a reminder of his recent divorce from Priscilla Presley. What followed was an uncharacteristically tough session at Stax in 1973.
"Now Elvis was a very quick study, he could hear vocals and arrangements once or twice, grab the lyric sheet, and just kill it', Putnam told Elvis Australia
. "But on this particular night, we four, five six takes, and he wasn't getting it. I'd never seen him have problems like that before." Finally, the frustrated singer threw down his microphone and shouted, "You can put that one out after I've been dead 20 years!"
"We thought at first it was a joke," Putnam recalled. "Then [producer] Felton Jarvis said he just couldn't get through the words because he was thinking about himself. Another futile stab at the song the next day yielded nothing usable."