BIG MAMA THORNTON Recorded the Original HOUND DOG this Day in 1953
The Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller composition, HOUND DOG, was later immortalized by Elvis Presley, but the original version of the song was recorded by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton for Houston's Peacock Record label this day in 1953 - 65 years ago. It reached #1 on the R&B charts. Luckily, there is a rare 1965 video of Ms. Thornton performing her own song. Enjoy it by clicking below.