If we flash forward to 1956, we hear the raucous beat of Elvis Presley’s iconic “Hound Dog.” However, the big E wasn’t the first to record it. He co-opted the tune from the Black female blues singer, Big Mama Thornton. Her 1953 record sold 500,000 copies. That’s not bad, but Elvis’s version sold 10 million! That the song was written by two Jewish guys who loved rhythm and blues, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, only adds interest to the discussion. Elvis was crowned the “King of Rock and Roll,” though Little Richard certainly had a more valid claim to the throne because everyone from Elvis to the Beatles copied his original song-styling.