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Friday, 15 June 2012

Ten songs about Dogs - Part 1 - Hound Dog

In no particular order, I will be posting ten songs on this here Dog Blog which will each include a mention of our much loved doggie friends!
To start off with, here's a fairly obvious and absolute classic dog-related song from the 1950's...

1) Hound Dog

Elvis and his hound dog

Elvis...  it turns out that yes, he was infact a 'dog person.'

Background on 'Hound Dog'

"Hound Dog" is a twelve-bar blues written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae"Big Mama" Thornton  1952.  Seeing as though I had no idea about Hound Dog's musical origins before now, I thought that I would provide a taster of this very different version of the song by "Big Mama" Thornton which was recorded first, a mere 4 years prior to Elvis, who went on to make the song so well known...

Here's  Willie Mae"Big Mama" Thornton's version of Hound Dog from 1952...

... and here is Elvis's infamous televised performance of "Hound Dog" on The Milton Berle Show on June 5, 1956...

This is the very performance which - unbelievably - provoked so much public outrage and also earned Elvis the nickname, "Elvis the Pelvis". 

For some reason, it won't allow me to play the video here though, so here's the link to Hound Dog on youtube.

What does this song say about dogs?

Unfortunately the lyrical nature of "hound dog" doesn't report all that favourably on dogs.
See Mama Thornton's Hound Dog Lyrics       See Elvis's Hound Dog Lyrics

Combine the words from both versions of Hound Dog, and not only is the poor doggie likened to being a low class, unfaithful or disloyal partner...   (how far from the truth could you really get?!)

...but to add insult to injury the poor old hound dog is then whinged at for 'crying all the time', and is then as good as mocked for it's inability to 'catch a rabbit'...

Forgoodness sake, leave the poor old doggie alone. I'm sure it just wants some love and attention, right?!

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