August 11, 1956, Elvis Presley’s double sided hit Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog was released. (via thisdayinmusic.com)
Hound Dog was originally done by Big Mama Thornton. Elvis was listening to all these great blues singers and you can hear it in every song he sings.
Tonight I’m gigging in the Hamptons with the Stingers at a beautiful house with its own baseball field, petting zoo, an Aston Martin in the driveway — there’s an emu here, and a mini horse.
Dylan, who’s gigging with me, just whined that I never got him any of these things.
Just for that he’s getting an EMU for Christmas! Yeah. That’ll show him.