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Hound dog history

Hound dog history

How one song changed the shape of music

Hound Dog. In the early 1950s, teenage songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote one of the most iconic songs in the history of rock n’ roll. It started with Leiber pounding a beat on the roof of his car, when the two boys got home, Stoller hammered out the music on his piano. This song was presented on a brown paper bag.

Blues singer “Big Mama Thornton” recorded the song in 1953 and it became an immediate hit for her. In her version, she sang “You told me you was high class, but I can see through that.

In 1956, Elvis heard the song for the first time being performed by his opening act. A group from Las Vegas called “Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys.” He then went to the recording studio and went through 31 takes of the song. He had changed a line “You said you was high class, but that was just a lie” and also added a line “you ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine.” To which Leiber had complained “That was inane…it doesn’t mean anything to me.”  The final version that made it on the record was version #28.

Leiber and Stoller both initially disliked Presley’s version, stating that it sounded “terribly nervous, too fast, too white..” but they got over their disappointment when the record started selling over eight million copies.

It was this song, after performing it in front of over 40 million viewers on the Milton Berle show that he got the name “Elvis the Pelvis” because of his gyrations. He took heavy criticism which also gave the song more appeal from teenagers.

“Hound Dog” was the B-side song of “Don’t Be Cruel,” but has been redone by more artists since then than any of his other songs, including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon, The Who and Robert Palmer.