Saturday, August 16, 2014
Hound Dog" was written by the famed songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton in 1952. Scotty Moore, cited by Rolling Stone as 29th in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists, accompanies Elvis. Elvis's gyrations during this performance outraged conservative opinion and led to his being dubbed "Elvis the Pelvis." I recommend Peter Guralnick's two-volume biography, "Last Train To Memphis" and "Careless Love," covering Elvis Presley's rise and decline, as well as the birth of rock and roll.