Thursday, December 10, 2020


An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. I like that idea so much I'm writing a book about it. And I'm promoting that book with a weekly video series, discussing each of the book's chosen tracks one by one.

Following last week's rant on behalf of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," we continue with a celebration of Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton's forgotten original version of "Hound Dog." Sure, you know King Elvis I's version; but you've gotta hear the original. Got it? Now check out my own ritual throttling of the podium on its behalf:

Elvis is King. There are very, very few examples of a song primarily associated with Elvis that was done better by another artist. The original "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins and Wanda Jackson's are contenders, but it's close at best. Big Mama Thornton's owns "Hound Dog." I believe the King would be okay with that.

If you dig these weekly videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel, and be a real cool cat. NEXT WEEK: Patti Smith's "Gloria" is up next in the book's sequence, though I may decide to go out of sequence and jump around a bit first. Or maybe not. I guess we'll find out next week. Let's face it: I ain't nuthin' but a hound dog anyway.

THIS WEEK'S VIDEO: Big Mama Thornton, "Hound Dog"

GREM! # 7: Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"

GREM! # 6The Sex Pistols,"God Save The Queen"

GREM! # 5: Dusty Springfield,"I Only Want To Be With You"

GREM! # 4: Chuck Berry, "Promised Land"

GREM! # 3: Baron Daemon and the Vampires, "The TransylvaniaTwist"

GREM! # 2: Badfinger, "Baby Blue"

GREM! # 1: The Ramones, "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"

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Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1)will contain 165 essays about 165 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1). My weekly Greatest Record Ever Made! video rants can be seen in my GREM! YouTube playlist. And I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl.

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