Hound Dog Roots
Elvis is often credited (or accused) of taking the music and on stage antics of the black rhythm and blues performers and introducing them to a white audience. There are some that believe that Elvis “stole” black music, but such accusations don’t take all of his influences into account.
While it is true that Elvis borrowed from artists such as 'Big Boy' Crudup, 'Big Mama' Thornton, and Fats Domino, he equally borrowed from white country performers such as Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers, and Hank Snow. It wasn’t only rural music that influenced Elvis. He covered white pop singers Mario Lanza, Dean Martin, and others, but his primary musical influence was the gospel music he heard at church.
So, in honor of the anniversary of Elvis’ birthday, here are a few of the artists that were such an influence on the “King”.
Arthur 'Big Boy'Crudup - That's All Right.mp3
Bill Monroe - Blue Moon Of Kentucky.mp3
Hank Snow - I'm Movin' On.mp3