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Big Mama Thornton

American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter

Big Mama Thornton

American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter
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birthday
11th
December, 1926
Death
25th
July, 1984
Birth Place
Ariton, Alabama, U.S.
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Willie Mae Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984), better known as Big Mama Thornton, was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog”, in 1952, which became her biggest hit, staying seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 and selling almost two million copies. Thornton’s other recordings included the original version of “Ball and Chain”, which she wrote.

instruments played
drums
Harmonica
Vocals
Associated Acts

Muddy Waters Blues Band, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy

Birth Name

Willie Mae Thornton

Genres

Rhythm and blues, Texas blues

Labels

Peacock, Arhoolie, Mercury, Pentagram, Backbeat, Vanguard, Ace

Origin

Oakland, California

Years Active

1947 1984

Name

Big Mama Thornton

Nationality

United States of America

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