The Real Hound Dog

Willie Mae "Big Moma" Thornton recorded the definitive version of Hound Dog in 1952. As the song's writers Leiber and Stroller said: The song was about a woman telling off a man who was trying to pimp her.  The song didn't make any sense when Elvis sang it.  Big Moma's version was a major R&B hit at the time. but was vastly out sold by the Elvis Presley version.  Unfortunately, her version is lost the mist of time to most people.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZRaK0j8DMs
holloway64 holloway64
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2 Responses Jan 18, 2013

the old folk blues, as i like it. muddy waters, memphis slim, willie dixon and all of that early blues artists.

I couldn't agree more with you, Big Mama Thornton blows away Elvis to the far side of the Universe (and I even think Elvis is good) but when it comes to this tune you are right in stating that it is the "definitive" version.
I noticed another of your posts about Howlin' Wolf so you obviously have impeccable taste just like me... I was just listening to the Howlin' Wolf London Sessions which is gem of an album, there's a part track on there "Red Rooster - False start" where they stop and then Howlin' Wolf shows Eric Clapton how to play the guitar part, it always makes me chuckle.

I think Bill Wyman said they ended up using the take they did before he showed eric how to play the part.