Lieber: Absolutely, the afternoon we saw her. Johnny Otis told us to come down to his garage in the back of his house, where he used to rehearse. He wanted us to listen to his people and see if we could write some tunes for them. MORE [via LAMENT FOR A STRAIGHT LINE, Jim Macnie’s Music Blog from: David Fricke‘s interview with Leiber & Stoller in 1990.]
At the risk of offending Elvis fans, I prefer Thorton’s version.
In 1953, Big Mama’s version was on Billboard’s R & B charts for seven weeks. Presley’s version in 1956 made Billboard’s R & B, pop, and country-and-western charts. It was on the charts for eleven weeks.