Though "Hound Dog" wasn't written for Elvis Presley, the artist covered the tune and subsequently aimed to work closely with Leiber and Stoller. Presley recorded more than 20 songs written by Leiber and Stoller, including "Jailhouse Rock," "Loving You" and "King Creole." Originally, "Hound Dog" was more of a straight blues song and was written for Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton. Key lyric: "You ain't nothing but a hound dog cryin' all the time."
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