Mama Thorton sang about a cheating man
Elvis Presley – on tv sang to a dog, but the song was about himself, a womanizer
The writers, would test Elvis with Jailhouse Rock, the first queer rock n roll song
July 13, 1956
“Hound Dog” b/w “Don’t Be Cruel.” released – it was the first single that the A and B sides races each other up the chart.
Within a few weeks “Hound Dog” had risen to #2 on the Pop charts with sales of over one million. Soon after it was overtaken by “Don’t Be Cruel” which took #1 on all three main charts; Pop, Country, and R ‘n’ B.
“Don’t Be Cruel” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and written by Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley in 1956. By the end of 1956 it had sold in excess of four million copies. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1956.
It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2004, it was listed #197 in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is currently ranked as the 173rd greatest song of all time, as well as the sixth best song of 1956, by Acclaimed Music
Between them, both songs remained at #1 on the Pop chart for a run of 11 weeks tying it with the 1950 Anton Karas hit “The Third Man Theme” and the 1951/1952 Johnnie Ray hit “Cry” for the longest stay at number one by a single record from late 1950 onward until 1992’s smash “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men.