Hear Etta James and “Roll With Me Henry” Etta James’ “Roll With Me Henry” is another one of those songs that serves as a rock n’ roll building block. Here’s how it came about. Hear Big Mama Thornton and “Hound Dog” Before Elvis’ version, Big Mama Thornton had her own hit with “Hound Dog.” And there are some powerful contrasts. Hear “Rocket 88”: One of The Pioneering Songs of Rock There are a handful of songs that can be credited for moving the needle on rock music. The 1951 single, “Rocket 88,” is one of ’em as Kit O’Toole explains. Love the Beatles? Get this eBook FREE when you subscribe.It turns out there's a lot to say. Just say "yes" to get yours.