They called him “The Hound”, or rather, that’s what he paid the doorman at the Chisca to tell everyone he was called. He claimed he got the name because his old lady said he was sniffing around for a record deal like a hound dog sniffed for a bone.
The Hound, who apparently came from money, had even financed the recording of his own single. Every record store refused to cary it after a single listen.
The Chisca was his haunt of choice because that’s where Dewey Phillips broadcast his wild radio show “Red Hot and Blue” from. Phillips, himself notorious drug addict and speed freak, had even once give him a shot on-air. But after a few disastrous minutes, Phillips cut the session short, declaring The Hound “the most onerous son-of-a-bitch” he’d ever met.
The Hound took that as a sign and picked that as the title of his next record. Which, in turn, caused a local church to decry The Hound’s inherently lewd and sexually provocative material as even more subversive than normal.
Ironically, this unexpected attention lead to The Hound’s only record sales.
He sold eighteen records.
Five of which were returned, unplayed.
The Hound, sadly, isn’t real. But Dewey Phillips and his wild radio show, “Red Hot and Blue”, were. Phillips was an uncontrollable force of nature behind the mic, often fueled by amphetamines, that loved both white and black music. He was the first person to play an Elvis Presley record on the air, and helped to bring rock and roll to the masses.