Last night, the Houston's Public Broadcasting Channel (PBS) had a program about the music of the 50's and 60's. This was one of their shows (telethon?) to raise operating capital. Wow, did it bring back memories. You see, that was the time period when I was growing up. I graduated from high school in the spring of 1961, so I listened to and danced to that vintage of music.
I bet there are some of my followers who can remember that era. Yes, most all of you are younger than I am, but no matter what your age, a lot of you will like that vintage of pop music.
How many of you remember "Hound Dog"? You know, "You ain't nothing but a hound dog, cry'n all the time." Now, can you remember who recorded it the first time? It was recorded for the very first time on this date back in 1953. It was a smash hit and was number one on the R&B charts for seven weeks. If you said Elvis, you would be wrong. It was recorded the first time by Big Mama Thornton and the Johnny Otis Band. Yeh, me too, I never heard of her or the band. Maybe I did when I was young and forgot. Elvis did record it and it did produce a huge hit for him, but he heard it for the first time when in Las Vegas when he heard Freddie Bell, who changed some of the lyrics and added "Cryin' all the time" and You ain't never caught a rabbit". So the song evolved and went through different performers and recordings until Elvis did the version that everyone knows today.
I still have that 50's and 60's music going through my head from last night's show along with a lot of memories that hearing those songs produced. Loved it!! Now, I hope all of you hum a pretty tune and have a wonderful day, you hear?