Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog

Three cheers to Martha and Bailey, the two basset hounds who were the first to correctly guess the title of the song by Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll! Well done to the rest of the musical bloggers who also hit the spot with their guesses. Martha & Bailey wins the Dog Series award.

Technically, "Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog" isn't really a doggie phrase or an idiom. It's just a song written in 1952 by a couple of kids on the back of a paper bag. If you take a look at the nonsensical lyrics below, you can tell that it was written by kids on the back of a paper bag!

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

The song was first sung by Wille Mae "Big Mama" Thornton who had the band bark and howl like hound dogs at the end of the song. This song was later made popular by Elvis Presley in 1956. While Mr Presley didn't end the song with howling (I took some poetic licence with the rhyming. Sorry, Oorvi), he did add his signature "pelvic gyrations". The Hound Dog sold over 4 million copies in the US and spent a record 11 weeks at #1. Not bad for a song about a hound dog!

Key West Collies also beat me to another dog song "Who Let the Dogs Out" released by the Baha Men in 2000. It reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and #2 on the UK Singles Chart. The catchy chorus essentially comprise of repeats of:

"Who let the dogs out?
Who, who, who, who? who?"

Strangely, this song became a sports anthem at stadiums and arenas worldwide. Mum remembers attending a rugby match a few years back where this song was played and enthusiastically chanted by the fans. I guess it added to the atmosphere and excitement of the game.

So there you have it, two fun nonsensical dog songs which achieved fame and glory. Hmm...I wonder if we dogs should charge them royalty?


Martha said...

Oh we are soooo excited!!! Thank you so much Kess. We will post about it soon - it such a pretty Award!
Martha & Bailey xxxx

ev said...

i didn't know your mum went for a rugby match before! *envy* when was this?

Cinnamon and Mint said...

Dogs in songs ... it seems you've found a new series to write. How cool!

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Well done Aunties! And what a cute award :D
Kess, we think you could be onto something with the kibble and treats of course!
Slobbers xx

Jake of Florida said...

Thanks for stopping by! We're happy to meet you -- especially as I see we have lots of friends in common. I (Jakey) have a special "thing" for beagles 'cause my true girlfriend is none other than the lovely Gabbi of the Dughallmor Beagles. And my human brother and sister in law have a rescue beagle named Marcy.

Our Mom works from home -- so her dreaming is done mostly at night; but Dogdad -- an engineer -- goes to the office most days -- unless he can work from the dining room table -- which is where you spotted us.

We'll add you to our blog list and hope you'll do the same --

And now we have to listen to Mom sing "Who Let the Dogs Out" for the rest of the evening!!!

Wirey woofs!!!

Jake and Just Harry

Lorenza said...

Congratulations to Martha and Bailey!
Kisses and hugs

i said...

Congrats to Martha Basset! Oh yes, we doggies should charge royalty hehe...

Molly the Airedale said...

Congratulations to Martha and Bailey! Well done, girls!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch


One of our favorite dog songs is by the Everly Brothers in 1958. We guess dogs are just pawsome. Do you know the name of that song?

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