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Hounddog

COVERED BY ELVIS

hound dog
night mare


recording date elvis: monday 2 july 1956
first release: on audio single hound dog ( july 1956 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: 47 6604


originally by: Willie Mae Thornton

recording date: 13 august 1952
originally written by:
Jerry Leiber,Mike Stoller
catalognumber: 1612
label: peacock

comments: Elvis' version was inspired by Freddy Bell & the Bellboys (a 1955 recording)



Rock'n'Roll in a nutshell: one of the truly great rock songs, written by one of the truly great rock writing teams, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and performed by the truly great performer, Elvis. But before him came Big Mama Thornton's version, which itself sold more than two million copies! Although released in 1953, the original recording was actually made in 1952. Its release was delayed, however, because of Johnny Otis's assertion that he should share in the authors' rights. Although Thornton had the original, Elvis did not base his version on hers. Rather, it would seem that he was heavily influenced by the performance of the number by Freddie Bell and The Bellboys, whom he saw during his first stint in Las Vegas. Indeed, Elvis used Bell's lyrics, rather than those originally penned by Jerry Leiber.


Hounddog
performed by:
Willie Mae Thornton

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You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' round my door
You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' round my door

You can wag your tail
But I ain't gonna feed you no more
You told me you was high class
But I could see through that
Yes you told me you was high class
but I could see through that
And daddy I know
You ain't no real cool cat

You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' round my door
You just but a hound dog
Been snoopin' round my door
You can wag your tail
But I ain't gonna feed you no more

( instrumental )

You made me feel so blue
You made me weep and moan
You made me feel so blue
You made me weep and moan

'Cause I'm looking for a woman
All your lookin' for is a home
You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' round my door
You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' round my door
You can wag your tail
But I ain't gonna feed you no more




Hounddog
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
cryin' all the time.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
cryin' all the time.

Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
and you ain't no friend of mine.

When they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.

Yeah they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.

Yeah You ain't never caught a rabbit
and you ain't no friend of mine.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
cryin' all the time.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
cryin' all the time.

Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
and you ain't no friend of mine.

Well they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.

Yeah they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.

yeah You ain't never caught a rabbit
and you ain't no friend of mine.

Well they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.

You know they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.

yeah You ain't never caught a rabbit
and you ain't no friend of mine.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
cryin' all the time.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
cryin' all the time.

Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
You ain't no friend of mine.



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