Hound Dog Introduction
So what's the story? Why do people still listen to – still love – this song?
Rolling Stone offers us a clue, suggesting that the song was a kind of "declaration of independence from one generation to its cold rigid elders." Okay, but what sort of rebellion does a modified blues song with nonsensical lyrics really declare? Or, to put it another way, how much "independence" did the song really reflect?
About the Song
|Artist||Elvis Presley||Musician(s)||Elvis Presley (lead vocals, guitar), Scotty Moore (guitar), Bill Black (bass), D.J. Fontana (drums), The Jordanaires (back-up vocals)|
|Album||"Don't Be Cruel" (single)|
|Writer(s)||Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller|
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On the Charts"Hound Dog" reached #1 on the Billboard pop, country and western, and R&B charts. It was released soon after Elvis's first #1 hit, "Heartbreak Hotel."
The song is #19 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.