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After watching / listening to the Video or Audio, write a short, half to one page response on two of the selections you find interesting. Draw upon the reading from the text, to further illustrate your points when possible.
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Topping the R & B charts in 1951, this tune utilizes what comes to be called “simple verse form” where there are only verses, and not choruses or bridges (see Covach pg. 10-11).
Released on Chess Records in 1954- See Covach, Page 67 for an outline.
Notice how the lyrics here not only differ from Elvis and Bill Haley’s re-writes, but from his own original lyrics! (see Covach p.73)
Here is Elvis Presey performing his cover of Big Mama Thorton’s “Hound Dog”, on the Milton Berle Show in June of 1956. This was the performance that was labeled “outrageously sexual” and caused a big amount of fuss. Note, there is some derogatory language used at the end of this clip by a very bigoted restaurant owner.
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