Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog"...Before Elvis stole it...

That's right...Elvis stole the song "Hound Dog" from a Black female blues singer named Big Mama Thornton...ain't that sum shit? White males have stolen every aspect of Black music from the beginning and this is just a lil' taste of how famous one can become off of a stolen song. This woman got no credit for her song for decades! The song is about a a woman who's tired of her unfaithful man and wants him gone. So...obviously when Elvis sang it, it made no sense lol.

Well, here's the REAL song and trust me...the original is AMAZING!!! Lemme know what you think!
(the sound might be a little off from the picture)

10 comments:

Andrea said...

I like this one better!! haha! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jessica said...

Wow I never knew this before. Now it does make sense. Thanks!

Dekk said...

There are hundreds more songs stolen from black artists... white women have been guilty of the same...

Baker said...

and dont fotget that SHE DID NOT WRITE THIS SONG AT ALL it was written by two white men called jerry leiber and mike stroller, so you can forget that one, do more research next time.

"Elvis was an integrator. Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn’t let Black music through. He opened the door for Black music." – Little Richard.

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that this ignorance still runs rampant. Elvis never "stole" anything from Big Mama Thornton. Hound Dog was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two WHITE song writers from NY who wrote a TON of 50's and 60's R&B hits.

Never mind the fact that Big Mama's version had run it's #1 chart success a full 3 years before Elvis ever touched it, so it's not like his version knocked hers off the charts.

Also, listen to both versions. Elvis' is COMPLETELY different!! He even changed some of the lyrics! His take is actually based on a version he heard performed by Freddy Bell and the Bellboys, a WHITE lounge act in Las Vegas in 1956.

One last thing, Elvis' Hound Dog was #1 on the R&B(BLACK)charts for a full SIX WEEKS!! It was a bigger chart success on the black charts than Ray Charles' What I'd Say, among many others. So the initial black audience of the time were groovin' to some Elvis and buying a ton of his records.

So please, try to do just a little research and get your facts straight before you make such bold, ignorant, hate filled claims.

ain't that sum shit?

k said...

Very true about Elvis not ripping this song. But the sad thing is that many songs had to be written by white song writters, that was the only way they could keep ownership and make money off the talent of blacks. There where many tallented black song writters that could not get their songs published because of this. Many songs that where published by white song writters where in fact mainly written by blacks.

It is a known fact that many black performers where ripped off back in the day, Little Richard himself would be the first to tell you that

Anonymous said...

Those white men you mention Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller registered that song they tried to take credit for a year after Big Mama Thornton did.

Please quit trying to give credit to someone who doesn't deserve it!

Anonymous said...

This article is indicative of the sheer stupidity of some of the black community - and plenty of guilty whites - that still exists.

Read and learn:

http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_not_racist.shtml

FACT: Elvis never stole anything form black musicians.

Anonymous said...

Well Elvis did still music from blacks so did others Its sad to say but blacks are talented in almost everything we so look at music results who outsells who

Afro-Link said...

All these people getting mad about what this blog is about. FACT is, that like MOST rock and roll bands, your KING Elvis actually DID steal his style from R&B music. And so what if two white guys wrote the song. They still exploited the style invented by black people and cashed in on EP singing it, not her. Who's REALLY Hating here by not wanting to give credit where it belongs??