Nothin’ But a Hounddog
The King is no Big Mama
Behold No. 46 on our monumental list of the 100 greatest Jewish songs of all time, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “Hound Dog.” The two songwriters were teenagers when they composed this rock n’ roll classic, which explains the naughty lyrics (click on the link above to learn what a “hound dog” really means). But if you think Elvis has the definitive version, you don’t know Big Mama Thornton, who rocked the tune to the top of the Rhythm and Blues charts four years before the King started shaking his hips. Here she is, for your viewing pleasure.