Throughout the early days of Rock ‘n’ Roll, most white artist covered songs originally written and recorded by African American artists. In this short project, compare and contrast the song “Hound Dog,” which was originally recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton then covered by Elvis Presley.
1.What are the similarities and differences about the two versions?
2. How did each artist make the song their own?
3. Did the practice of having white artists cover Blues and R & B hurt or help racial situations in the 1950s?
4. What is a contemporary example of this practice, does it still exist?
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