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".
The song "Hound Dog" is one which is inextricably linked with Elvis Presley. However, "Hound Dog" was originally recorded, and was a big hit, by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton in 1952.
The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who, later in the decade, would specifically write songs for Elvis, including the hits: "Love Me", "Jailhouse Rock" & "King Creole".
So, here is the original by Big Mama:
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.
What's your singing voice like?
That's a lot more than I can do. I couldn't sing to save myself.
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