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Elvis Presley

Hound Dog

Rock And Roll
  • Rock
  • Dance
  • Pop
  • Space
  • Blues
song from
  • 1956
  • 2011
  • 1953
  • 1957
  • 1955

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“Hound Dog” is a twelve-bar blues written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in 1952. Other early versions illustrate the differences among blues, country, and rock and roll in the mid-1950s. The 1956 remake by Elvis Presley is the best-known version; it is his version that is No. 19 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “Hound Dog” was also recorded by five country singers in 1953 alone, and over 26 times through 1964. From the 1970s onward, the song has appeared, or is heard, as a part of the soundtrack in numerous films, most notably in blockbusters such as American Graffiti, Grease, Forrest Gump, Lilo & Stitch, A Few Good Men, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ When they said you was high classed ... And you ain't no friend of mine ... Cryin all the time

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This song is listed #19 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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More songs by Elvis Presley (See Charts): The Promised Land, Danny Boy, Milk Cow, Bridge Over Troubled Water, So Glad You'Re Mine, Memphis Tennessee, It'S Only Love, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Baby, What You Want Me To Do, and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.

Popular in Rock And Roll (See Charts): Come Together, Suspicious Minds, Surf City, Lola, I Feel Fine, The Young Ones, Return To Sender, The Girl Of My Best Friend, Oh! Darling, and You Never Give Me Your Money.


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