Elvis Presley was as soon as accused of stealing a tune from a lesser-known musician, Large Mama Thornton.

The current demise of actress Shonka Dukureh, who performed Large Mama Thornton’s position within the Presley biopic from Baz Luhrmann “Elvis,” introduced again the difficulty the King of Rock and Roll confronted previously.

The identical film confirmed how the powerhouse singer sang “Hound Canine” in 1952 after recording it. The efficiency occurred 4 years earlier than Presley “launched” it, inflicting rumors that the late rocker allegedly stole it.

Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote it for Thornton. In addition they labored on Presley’s hit songs like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hassle,” and “You are So Sq. (I Do not Care),” amongst others.

Though Leiber died in 2011 to disclose what actually occurred, Stoller stays robust at 89. He then took the prospect to disclose on Rolling Stone Music Now podcast that the information about Presley “stealing the tune” from Large mama Thornton was misguided.

In keeping with Stoller, Presley knew Thornton’s model of the tune. Thus, his rendition was truly impressed by Freddie Bell and the Bellboys’ model of “Hound Canine.”

“It did not have the groove that Large Mama’s document had, which was incredible. That is true of not solely Large Mama, however of many black performers and songwriters,” he mentioned.

The songwriter additionally defended Presley from the cultural appropriation points and accusations.

Shonka Dukureh Discovered Useless

The revelation got here out after Durukeh, who performed Thornton’s position in “Elvis,” was lifeless in her Nashville House.

Nashville Metropolitan Police Division confirmed to PEOPLE that the actress was discovered lifeless within the bed room of her Kothe Method condo. One in all her two younger youngsters ran to a neighbor’s condo and requested for assist.

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The information launch disclosed that no foul play was suspected. At the moment, the Nashville Metropolitan Police Division is reportedly ready for post-mortem outcomes from the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Workplace to find out Shinka Dukureh’s reason for demise.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper penned an announcement by way of Fox17, sending his message of condolences to the household.

“My deepest condolences to the household of Shonka Dukureh. Shonka graduated from Fisk and referred to as Nashville residence for a few years. Her highly effective voice and artistry will stay on via her music, and we honor her reminiscence on this unhappy day,” the mayor mentioned.

In the meantime, Thornton additionally confronted a tragic demise when she handed away after struggling coronary heart and liver problems.

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