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Slightly off-topic, but prompted by the question 'How could the people who wrote this also have written "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog', well, the version that Leiber and Stoller wrote for Big Mama Thornton was somewhat different from Elvis' version.

For example they lyrics were changed by Freddie Bell of "Freddie Bell and the Bellboys" worked on the lyrics, who replaced "You can wag your tail, but I ain't gonna feed you no more" with "You ain't never caught a rabbit, and you ain't no friend of mine." (better, in my view).

The drum roll between verses which really defines the song was the idea of Elvis' drummer DJ Fontana.

I have both versions but Elvis' is better.

Never liked "Hound Dog" or "Jailhouse Rock." Trivia question: name the Dylan song that is a tribute to 'the King.'

>>name the Dylan song that is a tribute to 'the King.'

And what would that be?

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