You'll know the driver of this beach buggy, but you might not know his canine companion "Brutus", a hound dog if ever I saw one. Though TBF Brutus was a Great Dane, not a breed often associated with being a "hound".
Great photo, isn't it? Driver and hound both looking over their shoulders gives the static image plenty of "movement".
In comparison to the Big Mama version the one from Elvis is more up tempo. Whereas BM was Blues & Jazz, EP was all Rock 'n' Roll. Interesting though that Elvis is accompanied by guitar, drums and double bass.
The other thing to note is the Elvis attitude, particularly the gyrating hips which caused such outrage at the time. Elvis was only 21 when he performed "Hound Dog" in 1956. A tender age to break the mould.
Leiber & Stoller, the co-authors of "Hound Dog", had this amusing exchange about the Elvis hit.
Leiber: "We got a smash hit on Hound Dog,"
Stoller said, "Big Mama's record?"
And Leiber replied: '"No. Some white guy named Elvis Presley."
Stoller added: "And I heard the record and I was disappointed. It just sounded terribly nervous, too fast, too white. But you know, after it sold seven or eight million records it started to sound better."
What's your singing voice like?
That's a lot more than I can do. I couldn't sing to save myself.
@fitheach Elvis caused such an outrage just from his hips that the TV stations only showed him from his waist up for a while.
Yeah, that's right. I think that YT clip of Elvis doing "Hound Dog" was from the first Ed Sullivan Show (Sept '56). It was that appearance that kick started (sic) the gyrating hips outrage. From then on Elvis was filmed from the waist up. What would those outraged people make of modern day pop videos?
@fitheach he always seemed arrogante to me - even as a child. I like big momma instead! :-)
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