Thursday, August 13, 2015

TBT: 'Hound Dog' is Recorded, But Not by Elvis ? CBS St. Louis

Carol Daniel (@caroldanielKMOX)

(Photo credit AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit AFP/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s August 13th – the 225th day of the year. And on this day in 1952 one of the biggest and most recognizable pop songs in history was recorded for the first time, “Hound Dog”, but not the Elvis Presley version.

The song is so associated with Elvis that most people assume it’s a Presely original.

The song was Elvis’ longest running number 1 hit at 11 weeks, but that happened four years after it was first recorded by rhythm and blues singer Ellie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. It was a smash it for her, selling two million copies but collected little profit.

But it wasn’t Thornton’s version that Elvis heard though, it was Freddie Bell and the Bellboys.

In 1956, Elvis Presley heard Freddie Bell and the Bellboys performing “Hound Dog” and added it to his repertoire immediately.

Bell changed the original lyrics to include “Cryin’ all the time” and “You ain’t never caught a rabbit.”

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