Big Mama Thornton
Where do you think Elvis got it from? That’s right — Big Mama Thornton. She wrote the original “Hound Dog”.
Like a lot of musicians in her time, she started in the (baptist) church. Her father was the minister. She started singing young and ran away at the age of 14 to start her career in secular (gasp!) music.
She could belt it.
|"Hound Dog" (download)|
|From the EP Hound Dog|