With August passing us by and the end of the year slowly approaching, compiling these lists every month reminds us over at Paste how wonderful it is to be able to look back on the tracks that accompanied us and soundtracked an exciting month. From the summery vibrance of Good
Phil Brey has been writing songs for decades. But they went unheard for nearly as long, the lyrics written down and stashed away, the melodies stored in his head or recorded.
Now, however, “Roll On Big Boy,” a song Brey wrote about the last giant Union Pacific locomotive that just
Elvis Presley became an icon of rock ‘n’ roll. Willie Mae Thornton ended up in a pauper’s grave.
It was “Big Mama” Thornton who first recorded “Hound Dog” – before Elvis made it a classic. Fans dubbed her Big Mama because of her forceful vocal style and commanding stature.