I’m writing this on Sunday, right after putting together my Two for Tuesday featuring the music of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.
Both Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and Elvis Presley had #1 hits with Lieber & Stoller’s “Hound Dog.” Big Mama’s reached #1 on the R&B chart in 1953; Elvis’s reached #1 on both the pop and R&B charts in 1956. I know you’ve heard Elvis, but you might not have heard Big Mama’s, so… your challenge is to tell me which of the two artists did a better job.
CONTESTANT #1: Big Mama Thornton
CONTESTANT #2: Elvis Presley
Now, time to vote…
So, did you like Big Mama’s version of this better, or Elvis’s? Let me know in the comments which you liked better, and why. They’re both outstanding, I think, but let’s hear it from you.
And, when you’ve voted in this battle, how about visiting some of the other people running battles this week as well?
Tossing It Out
Far Away Series
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
Your Daily Dose
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
This Belle Rocks
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Women: We Shall Overcome
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Voting is open until Thursday night, and I’ll announce the winner next Friday, August 21. Enjoy!