Friday, May 19, 2017

BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LXXII-  HOUND DOG. Continues: next week.
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Hound Dog
"Hound Dog" was released as an Elvis Presley single in 1956. It is sometimes listed as a double A- side with "Don't Be Cruel". Initially, it reached #2 in America and Britain in its own right.  
The original version of the song was issued in 1952. This was recorded by R&B performer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton. Her version spent 7 weeks at #1 on the US R&B Chart. The song was penned by hit-makers Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.
Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:

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