BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Hound Dog” Results


So, in my last Battle of the Bands, I chose Lieber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog” as the song and two artists, Big Mama Thornton and Elvis Presley, who had #1 hits with it. Big Mama’s version topped the R&B chart in 1953, Elvis topped the Pop chart in 1956.

No surprise on the final tally:

Elvis Presley: 11
Big Mama Thornton: 6

The vote tally includes my vote, for Big Mama Thornton. I had never heard her version of the song before my Lieber & Stoller post, and as great as Elvis’s version is, I thought hers was more fun to listen to.

Anyway, congratulations to Elvis, and I’m sure both these artists will be contestants in a future battle.

The next battle is Tuesday, September 1, and it will mark one year since I started doing Battle of the Bands. Be sure to join me then.

17 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Hound Dog” Results

  1. I’m not surprised Elvis won. Big Mama did a nice job, but she just didn’t do it for me. Maybe, if I heard it another day and my mood was just right then she might have a shot at winning me over. Good battle, John!


    1. Putting her up against Elvis was probably a bad idea, but with this group, you can never tell. I would wager that a lot of the judges had never heard Big Mama Thornton’s version of it; I know I hadn’t.


  2. Big Mama put up a good fight and I’m a bit surprised to see that she did as well as she did. But…”Long Live the King!” Not saying that he’s still alive or anything though.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


  3. Although Elvis won by quite a margin, it wasn’t as big a margin as I thought it would be. I found it interesting you thought Mama Thornton’s was more fun, since that’s what I said about Elvis’ version. LOL

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