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Big Mama Thornton
“Hound Dog”

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.

From the Album: Hound Dog

4 Responses to “Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog”

  1. on 08 Mar 2007 at 9:15 amCasey

    I love this. Okay, so weird story – yesterday at work, my friend and I just randomly started singing this song as a duet. Actually I started and he decided to chime in. It was awesome!

  2. on 09 Mar 2007 at 5:27 pmShawna

    Never been a big Elvis fan (I know, I’m not normal) and this totally kicks his ASS! I love big women with huge voices like this, too bad main-stream america would never accept someone like this!

  3. on 01 Jun 2009 at 11:51 amAdam Gussow

    You’ve got two key facts wrong. Big Mama Thornton didn’t write “Hound Dog”; a pair of white guys named Lieber and Stoller did. And Elvis didn’t get it from Big Mama. He got it from a band of white rockers who were playing Las Vegas and performing the song a couple of years after Big Mama released it.

    The truth, awkward as it is, is more interesting than your errors.

  4. on 05 Jul 2009 at 8:56 pmJason

    Thanks for the correction!

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