Jerry Leiber, songwriter for Elvis, composer of “Stand by Me”, has died… here’s one of my favourites. David Bowie did a very bad cover I seem to recall.
He, Stoller and producer Otis wrote Hound dog – about a woman tired of her gigolo – in 1952. Glorious gentle humour all round
For Big Momma Thornton. Not much like Elvis Presley’s affectionate piss take.
There’s probably a great top ten out there of rather lascivious bluesy tracks by women… Rosetta Tharpe for example.
Michael McDonald rocked it with his version of I Keep Forgettin
And Warren G & Nate Dogg (RIP 2011) used that particular version to tasty effect in the remix to Regulate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoHDrzw-RPg is the ’52 recording
Sr Rosetta Tharpe invented rock n roll
Twas Presley who made it camp
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