This Week In Music History

Florence Welch might be singing that the dog days are over but for fans of the King back in 1956, the dog days had just begun. On August 3, 1956 Elvis Presley released one of his most famous tracks, a cover of “Big Mama” Thorton’s “Hound Dog”. Presley infamously sang the song on The Steve Allen Show, on July 1st of that year dressed in a suit and singing an abbreviated version of the song to a basset hound in a top hat. Allen was notoriously disapproving of any and all rock and roll music and made sure that Presley’s provocative dance moves did not make an appearance on his show. On September 9th of that year with his track topping the US charts, Presley made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show drawing about 60 million viewers. By October 28th, Presley made a second appearance on the show and this time played the hit in full and was given a full body shot during his television performance, notorious gyrating hips and all.

Also celebrating her 45th birthday today is alternative rock babe, Shirley Manson. For much of her career with Garbage, Manson spent her years commuting back and forth between her native city of Edinburgh, Scotland and the states but currently resides in Los Angeles. Known for her rather unique contralto vocal range, Manson takes her influences from the likes of Siouxsie Sioux as well as Patti Smith. Just this past May, Garbage released their fifth studio album, Not Your Kind of People, after a six year hiatus, the international lead single being the band’s track “Blood for Poppies”. During the sessions the band recorded “25 or 26” songs and reported the possibility of releasing a few B-sides as further bonus tracks or an EP.

And last on the list of music history tidbits, on August 3rd, in 1966, John Lennon was notoriously quoted as saying “We’re bigger than Jesus now.” While this was certainly the case among the charts and certainly among the fans, naysayers around America boycotted the Beatles’ music, including a ban by nearly all US radio stations, refusing to play their music. Live and let die anybody??

By Alex Parker

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