Hello Good Folks!
Here’s some down-home soul to get you rocking and rolling today!
On Sunday mornings, I LOVE watching CBS Sunday Mornings. They have great in-depth feature stories about music, culture, science, politics, art, etc. It has somewhat inspired the format of ThatKellieGirl. 🙂
There was a segment about song writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Folks don’t know their names, but you have heard their songs. They are responsible for writing some of the biggest hits in the 1950s and 1960s. One of their most memorable tunes is “Hound Dog”. It was originally written and sang by Big Mama Thornton. They didn’t like Elvis’ version, but learned to like it when the checks started coming in! Here is an interview with them on CBS News.
When music comes from the soul, it will speak to you regardless of ethnicity, gender, geographic location, etc. When I heard “Hound Dog” as a kid, the only version I heard was Elvis Presley’s version. And it was a good song. It was catchy and fun. However, Big Mam Thornton’s version just can’t be touched. Get familiar with music pioneer, Big Mama Thornton!