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Published on Mar 31, 2009
The original lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were judged a little too raunchy for a white audience. It was in Las Vegas that Elvis Presley heard and saw the group perform this version of "Hound Dog", in April 1956. Presley was impressed and asked Bell if he would mind if he (Elvis) recorded the song himself. Bell told him to go ahead and the rest is history, as they say. In May 1956, two months before Presley, Bell rerecorded the song for Mercury, but they sat on it and it only appeared later hidden away on Bell's album "Rock & Roll ... All Flavors".