A Hound Dog Tale: Big Mama, Elvis, and the Song That Changed Everything (Hardcover)

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A Hound Dog Tale: Big Mama, Elvis, and the Song That Changed Everything (Hardcover)

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The release of the song "Hound Dog" in 1953 marked a turning point in American popular culture, and throughout its history, the hit ballad bridged divides of race, gender, and generational conflict. Ben Wynne's A Hound Dog Tale discusses the stars who made this rock 'n' roll standard famous, from Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton to Elvis Presley, along with an eclectic cast of characters, including singers, songwriters, musicians, record producers and managers, famous television hosts, several lawyers, and even a gangster or two.

Wynne's examination of this American classic reveals how "Hound Dog" reflected the values and issues of 1950s American society, and sheds light on the lesser-known elements of the song's creation and legacy. A Hound Dog Tale will capture the imagination of anyone who has ever tapped a foot to the growl of a blues riff or the bark of a rock 'n' roll guitar.
Ben Wynne is professor of history at the University of North Georgia and author of In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music.
Product Details ISBN: 9780807181140
ISBN-10: 0807181145
Publisher: LSU Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2024
Pages: 184
Language: English