The Missouri Hound Dog

Album: Songwriting Masters (1881)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • According to his biographer, John Jay Daly, this James Bland composition was used in the Champ Clark headquarters at the Democratic Convention in Baltimore. If so it would be one of at least three Bland songs which have been used in election campaigns.

    However, as with many songs of this era, its authorship is not totally proven. It is known by variant names, including "Quit Kicking My Dog Around" and "The Hound Dog Song." It has also been attributed to Mrs. William Stark (of Stark Publishing) in 1912 - Bland died in 1911. She was said to have used a male pseudonym for fear of rejection. The song is said to have changed hands for ten thousand dollars, although this resulted in a court case in which the plaintiff was paid in full. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Yoko Ono

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.

Weezer

WeezerFact or Fiction

Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillian

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianSong Writing

A Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.

Real or Spinal Tap

Real or Spinal TapMusic Quiz

They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal Tap

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapSong Writing

Based on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-Outs

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.