The composers of one of Elvis Presley's greatest hits resented THE KING making their song famous.

Elvis scored a number one around the world with the track in 1956, but writers JERRY LEIBER and MIKE STOLLER originally penned Hound Dog for black female singer BIG MAMA THORNTON - and hated Elvis' performance of the song.

Stoller says Presley "sounded stiff and too fast - a little nervous. It didn't have that insinuating groove like on Big Mama's record".

But 70-year-old Stoller concedes Elvis' success with the track softened him, grinning, "After it sold seven million copies it began to sound better."

03/06/2003 13:38