Hound Dog
Elvis Presley
Presley 1956 Hound Dog 45

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

1956
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1956 for twelve weeks
  • single released July 13, 1956
  • 45rpm flip-side of "Don't Be Cruel"
  • the song was originally recorded by singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and was a No. 1 hit on the R&B charts in 1953
  • Elvis got the idea of covering the song after seeing a band called Freddie Bell and the Bellboys performing it at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #19 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, the song was originally written for rhythm & blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
  • produced by Elvis Presley, credited to Steve Sholes
  • recorded July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York, NY
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