Daily Dose of Music History (August 13, 2015). On this day in 1952, The original version of ‘Hound Dog’ was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton. It would become the first hit for the song-writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and went on to top the Billboard R&B chart for seven weeks, selling nearly two million copies. Thornton’s recording of “Hound Dog” is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in February 2013. “Hound Dog” has been recorded more than 250 times. The best-known version of “Hound Dog” is the July 1956 recording by Elvis Presley.
Happy Birthday: Dan Fogelberg and Danny Bonaduce.