Ballad

The Night That Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed Forever: Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan

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“Hound Dog” is a rock and roll classic famously performed by Elvis Presley. The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was originally recorded in 1952 by Big Mama Thornton. However, it was Elvis Presley’s 1956 rendition that became the definitive version and an iconic part of rock and roll history.

Here are some key details about Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”:

  1. Release and Success: Elvis Presley’s version of “Hound Dog” was released in 1956 as a single. The song quickly became a massive hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 11 consecutive weeks. It was one of Presley’s biggest early hits and played a significant role in launching him to superstardom.
  2. Rock and Roll Pioneer: “Hound Dog” is often cited as one of the defining songs of the rock and roll genre. The song’s upbeat tempo, catchy rhythm, and Elvis’s charismatic performance helped establish rock and roll as a significant cultural force in the mid-1950s.
  3. Iconic Performance: Elvis’s live performances of “Hound Dog” were legendary. His energetic, hip-shaking rendition of the song, often accompanied by his characteristic dance moves, created a sensation and garnered both admiration and controversy. These performances played a pivotal role in shaping his image and reputation.
  4. Lyrics: The lyrics of “Hound Dog” convey a message of disdain and rejection. The singer addresses a partner who has mistreated them, making it clear that they won’t tolerate the behavior any longer. The chorus includes the memorable lines: “You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog / Cryin’ all the time / You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog / Cryin’ all the time.”
  5. Cultural Impact: “Hound Dog” has left an indelible mark on popular culture. It has been covered and referenced by numerous artists and has appeared in films, TV shows, and commercials. Elvis’s version, in particular, is closely associated with the birth of the rock and roll movement.

“Hound Dog” remains one of Elvis Presley’s most recognizable and enduring hits, a symbol of the early days of rock and roll, and a song that helped shape the course of music history. It’s a testament to Elvis’s impact as an artist and the cultural significance of the rock and roll genre.

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Lyrics

“Hound Dog”

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
When they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
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

When they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
When they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
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
You know they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Well, 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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