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Said Stoller:. We were worried because the drummer wasn't getting the feel that Johnny had created in rehearsal. No one can nail that groove like you.

Let the kids do it. Johnny smiled and said, 'Why not? Otis played drums on the recording, [22] replacing Ledard "Kansas City" Bell. During the rehearsal, Leiber objected to Thornton's vocal approach, as she was crooning rather than belting it out. In an interview with Wayne Robins, Leiber recalled that it was terrible, "It was like Ethel Waters 's ' Cabin in the Sky ' thinking that's what the song required. Said Stoller: "Big Mama heard how Jerry was singing the thing.

She heard the rough-and-tough of the song and, just as important, the implicit sexual humor. In short, she got it.

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Gleason , Thornton said: "They were just a couple of kids, and they had this song written on the back of a paper bag. All that talkin' and hollerin'—that's my own. This "blues talk", [32] is "a common practice in blues music". However, when questioned further on the matter, Thornton explained that, while the song had been composed by Leiber and Stoller, she had transformed it: "They gave me the words, but I changed it around and did it my way".

Bertrand says that Thornton's explanation "ingenuously stresses artist interpretation as the sole yardstick with which to measure authenticity". Thornton recorded two takes of the song, and the second take was released. Over a steady backbeat , she starts out singing each line as one long upbeat.

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Thornton's "Hound Dog" differed from most of the rhythm and blues records of the era in its spare arrangement. Instead, supported by guitar, bass and drums, her resonant vocals dominate the foreground, conveying her haughty relief at being through with a trifling man. On September 9, , the copyright application for "Hound Dog" was lodged.

On the application the words and music are attributed to Thornton and recording executive Don Robey , with the copyright claimants listed as: "Murphy L.


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In late February , "Hound Dog" was released by Peacock Peacock , [5] [35] with the song credited erroneously on the label to Leiber-Stroller [ sic ]-Otis. So when we get to the theater they was blasting it. You could hear it from the theater, from the loudspeaker. They were just playing 'Hound Dog' all over the theater. So I goes up in the operating room, I say, 'Do you mind playing that again?

So I stood there while he was playing it, listening to it. So that evening I sang it on the show, and everybody went for it.

On March 7, , "Hound Dog" was advertised in Billboard , and reviewed positively on March 14, , as a new record to watch, described as "a wild and exciting rhumba blues" with "infectious backing that rocks all the way". Rufus Thomas quickly records an answer song called "Bear Cat" on Sun Thornton's record is such a big seller that Peacock Records has three new pressing plants running full-time to try and keep up with demand.

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Louis, and Los Angeles. Don Robey estimated that Thornton's version of "Hound Dog" sold between , and , copies, and would have sold more had its sales not been diluted by an abundance of cover versions and " answer songs ". According to Stoller, "Big Mama's 'Hound Dog' went to number one, sold a million copies, and did nothing for our bank statements. We were getting screwed. Everybody livin' in a house but me. I'm just livin. By July , "the rock 'n roll age was upon the world, and as the new sensation Elvis Presley recorded "Hound Dog" to international acclaim, Peacock re-released Willa Mae Thornton's original" [45] by August 18, , backing it with "Rock-a-Bye Baby" Peacock , [56] [57] [58] but it failed to chart.

Thornton continues to make personal appearances and is always remembered for her original version of "Hound Dog" which gets a spate of airplay during the summer of which leads to another re-release of the original. Thornton's "Hound Dog" was so popular that it spawned at least ten cover versions of the original before Elvis Presley recorded it in July While Federal's trade ads touted this release as the greatest record ever made by Little Esther, [71] in its review on April 11, , Billboard opined: "It fails to build the same excitement of the original.

Within a month of the release of Thornton's "Hound Dog", the following six country cover versions of the song—all credited erroneously to Leiber-Stoller or Stroller [ sic ] -Otis—were released on several different labels by white artists: [13]. Bass player Al Rex, who joined Bill Haley and His Comets in the fall of , [94] told of performing the song when given the spotlight at live performances.

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This was even before Presley did it. Haley didn't like those guys from Philadelphia that wrote the song. By the end of , at least six "answer songs" that responded to 'Big Mama' Thornton's original version of "Hound Dog" were released. In true answer form, the gender of the participants was reversed. This time the protagonist is male, directly challenging the worthless female of the original song—correcting her previous insults and re-directing them at her. While "the result was peppier than Big Mama's version, with a more straight-ahead beat She could have done that song a cappella and convinced me that, by God, you ain't nothing but a damned hound dog!

In , Robert Palmer wrote: "Even today, Rufus takes perverse delight in pointing out the wrong notes in Louis's solo. Within two weeks, "Bear Cat" Sun was in stores, prompting Billboard to describe it on March 28 as "the fastest answer song to hit the market". In the months after the release of "Hound Dog" and "Bear Cat", a spate of answer records followed:. When the dust settled, the publishing for "Hound Dog" in all variations remained with Lion, and writing credit with Leiber and Stoller.

Two records were released that were neither cover versions of nor answers to Thornton's release, yet used a similar melody without any attribution to Leiber and Stoller.

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Bartholomew [] and released by the Imperial Records label Imperial by the end of March But it's not Rosco. It simply is not him. Even Rosco confirmed that. It might not even be a Memphis Recording Service demo. Just substitute the words "Hound Dog" for "Juice Head" and what have you got? But the song's other parent is Eddie Vinson 's slowed down "Juicehead Blues" which harks to the previous decade…If indeed this originated from Sam Phillips' studio, it was nothing that Phillips needed to touch because it was another lawsuit waiting to happen. Philip H.

By Philadelphia-based Teen Records co-founder Bernie Lowe suspected that "Hound Dog" could potentially have greater appeal, but knew it had to be sanitized for mainstream acceptance, and so asked popular Las Vegas lounge act Freddie Bell of Freddie Bell and the Bellboys , who had been performing songs with "tongue-in-cheek" humour as the band in residence at The Silver Queen Bar and Cocktail Lounge at The Sands Hotel and Casino soon after its opening in December , [] [] [] to rewrite the lyrics for their first release on his label.

The song was now literally about a dog. In early this version of "Hound Dog" became the first record released on Teen Records TEEN , [] "a subsidiary of the equally obscure Sound Records", [] that was owned by Lowe; jazz impresario Nat Segal, who owned Downbeat, the first integrated nightclub in Philadelphia; [] and partially by American Bandstand 's creator and first host Bob Horn. Their recording of "Hound Dog" was a local hit in the Philadelphia area, and received "lots of radio play on the east coast, and Bell found himself with a regional hit, [] that included Philadelphia, Cleveland, and New York.

Despite "Hound Dog" spending 16 weeks at number one on the pre- Dick Clark Bandstand , [] it attracted no national attention. In May two months before Presley recorded his version , Bell and the Bell Boys recorded a more up tempo version of the song for Mercury that was over 20 seconds shorter, and that also omitted the comedic "arf arf" dog sounds of their Teen Records version.

However, Mercury did not release this new version until after the success of Presley's version. As the legal dispute about its composition had not been resolved, authorship of the Mercury Records version is attributed to Leiber-Stoller-Otis. Larry Birnbaum described Elvis Presley's rendition of "Hound Dog" as "an emblem of the rock 'n' roll revolution". Presley and his band decided to take in their show, and not only enjoyed the show, but also loved their reworking of "Hound Dog", which was a comedy-burlesque with show-stopping va-va-voom choreography.

Papa: "From the first time Elvis heard this song he was hooked. He went back over and over again until he learned the chords and lyrics. We loved the way they did it.