Various Artists

Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: RCA

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If you think Elvis was the first white boy to chastise someone for having never caught a rabbit, take a listen to Jack Turner's straight country version of "Hound Dog" on this collection--it came out three years before the King's take on the famed Big Mamma Thorton track. This compilation, from the always choice Bear Family label, aims to demonstrate definitively the important role that country and "hillbilly" music played in the development of the rock-&-roll sound, and tracks by Eddy Arnold and Hawkshaw Hawkins, among others, make it clear that future rockers were listening to plenty of twang along with their R&B.