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Etta James — Hound Dog
Album: Matriarch Of The Blues
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Not exactly Etta's finest moment.
 poopypants wrote:
"The only thing a colored can do for me is shine my shoes" - Elvis Presley

or steal their songs i guess :)
  

I guess if you say it often enough some people might start to believe it. After all, he was a southern white man who lived in the 50's. He must be a racist bigot. They are all like that down there, right?


hiorgos wrote:

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Woah

Deja Vu!

{#Headache} My feelings...Exactly!  {#Headache}

 
teapot wrote:
I love Etta, but this is lousy.
 


First time. Real nice. As for Elvis...



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Heard this yesterday, folks.
Let's not forget that it was written by the great team of Leiber and Stoller and Elvis' version was based on Freddie Bell and the Bellboys live performance of the song he saw them do in Vegas. Let's not have the tired old accusation of stealing, it makes as much sense as saying Etta stole it from Big Mama as well. Etta does a nice version but check out Junior Well's take on it. 
  
 poopypants wrote:
"The only thing a colored can do for me is shine my shoes" - Elvis Presley

or steal their songs i guess :)
 

That statement, sir, is a disgrace!
I love Etta, but this is lousy.
jhorton wrote:
This song is the audio equivalent of your mom catching you with your hot high-school girlfriend. Blecccchhhhh!!!!
No. Your girlfriend catchin' you with HER hot Mom! Ms. James puts the 'dawg' in the hound. Still, it ain't Big Mama... c.
Just not enough energy in this version. Sorry, Etta.
The_Enemy wrote:
Elvis NEVER said that. Nor have I ever heard that Elvis withheld royalties or credit from anyone so he can hardly be said to have stolen songs. https://www.snopes.com/music/artists/presley1.asp
Matter of fact, by all accounts Elvis Presley was very respectful of African American musicians, socialized with them, and took his time out to help some of them get their careers going. From wikipedia:
Little Richard said of Presley: "He was an integrator. Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let black music through. He opened the door for black music."<5> B. B. King said he began to respect Presley after he did Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup material and that after he met him, he thought the singer really was something else and was someone whose music was growing all the time right up to his death.<6> Up to the mid 1950s black artists had sold minuscule amounts of their recorded music relative to the national market potential. Black songwriters had mostly limited horizons and could only eke out a living. But after Presley purchased the music of African American Otis Blackwell and had his "Gladys Music" company hire talented black songwriter Claude Demetrius, the industry underwent a dramatic change. In the spring of 1957 Presley invited African American performer Ivory Joe Hunter to visit Graceland and the two spent the day together, singing "I Almost Lost My Mind" and other songs. Of Presley, Hunter commented, "He showed me every courtesy, and I think he's one of the greatest."<7>
wow .. RP is hot today.. black sabbath raconteurs smiths madrugada doors the cure.. very cool rockin stuff!
poopypants wrote:
"The only thing a colored can do for me is shine my shoes" - Elvis Presley or steal their songs i guess :)
Elvis NEVER said that. Nor have I ever heard that Elvis withheld royalties or credit from anyone so he can hardly be said to have stolen songs. https://www.snopes.com/music/artists/presley1.asp
I love Etta, but this is a bad version of an overdone song.
The original was Big Moma Thorton in 53. Etta does it justice!
Educate me, is this before Elvis or after? Which ever, I like!
bleh, the barking was a little much.
poopypants wrote:
"The only thing a colored can do for me is shine my shoes" - Elvis Presley
That's a rumor
Hello, andesitic wrote:
Lets play Big Mama's original version...now that rocks!
Her original version is in the RP library: (click here) (And it was my upload! ) Neil
"The only thing a colored can do for me is shine my shoes" - Elvis Presley or steal their songs i guess :)
Love Etta James, but I think there is a rule whereby any song mentioning a "hound dog" always sucks.
This song is the audio equivalent of your mom catching you with your hot high-school girlfriend. Blecccchhhhh!!!!
That lady knows how to sing it! 10
andesitic wrote:
Lets play Big Mama's original version...now that rocks!
Big Mama is to rock and roll as Mary is to Jesus
Lets play Big Mama's original version...now that rocks!
This is an example of why I listen to RP: a little music history, a little musical education, a lot of cool new and old tunes that I'd have never heard otherwise. Could do without Etta's barking, though. I have tapes of my old girlfriends for that.
Wow, I would have to agree with a few of the previously mentioned statements about this song. I have never heard anything like this from Etta, but I like it (but then again I like the stuff from her that I do know). Good to hear a woman really belting out the Blues.
Platypus wrote:
kinda annoying actually. would much rather hear Jimi's BBC sessions version. that one rocks!!!
Told me you was high-class, but I can see through that... Been toe tappen since Bob started singing.
Yeahhhh Babyyyy!!!! This calls for a banana!
Jeffreak wrote:
If it wasn't Etta I would say please never play this again, but I will just turn it down for a bit.
Agreed
kinda annoying actually. would much rather hear Jimi's BBC sessions version. that one rocks!!!
What would be a good album to start with, I really like what I hear...?
Originally Posted by Mac_Daddy: Very cool. I had not heard anything like this from Etta. Guess I should check out some of her other stuff. K
Etta has a HUGE catalogue of music and has been around for a long time. I know you can find lots of music you will enjoy. :)