Question: Televisionary, love your column. I am writing to call on your considerable talent in tracking down titles of songs heard in commercials. The song I have been trying to name is heard in a commercial for the Nissan Xterra, and I believe the singer is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Please, oh, please can you name the song and ease my troubled mind? (OK, that last part might be asking a bit much.) Thanks. — Jeff E.
Televisionary: Ah, Jeff. If only it was within my powers to steady the nerves of all my readers, you'd be walking around with a big, goofy grin on your mug as I type this.
Can do on the song I.D., though, which is what's really important. The song you seek is "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" and it is indeed the late Mr. Vaughn's remake of the late Jimi Hendrix classic playing in the Xterra ad. Color me a purist, but I firmly believe the original is far superior — and not just because the title of that recording spells "child" correctly, with a "d."