In honor of National Hot Dog Day today (July 14), we’ve cooked up a little blast from the past: Buck Owen’s 1957 ditty, “Hot Dog.”
Co-penned by Buck and Denny Dedmon, the rockabilly-flavored “Hot Dog” was recorded by Buck in 1957 but released under the pseudonym Corky Jones in an effort to avoid any potential backlash from Bakersfield radio stations that played his earlier country singles. In essence, “Hot Dog,” at the time, was too far outside the country mainstream and Buck had already released a couple of singles—”Down on the Corner of Love” and “Right After the Dance”—that were more in line with country radio.
After Dwight Yoakam helped breath new life into Buck’s career in 1988 with their No. 1 duet, “Streets of Bakersfield,” Buck re-recorded “Hot Dog”—under his own name—and made a video.
Check out this tasty video as we celebrate National Hot Dog Day.