Big Mama Thornton

Texas blues, Musical Artist

1926 – 1984

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Who was Big Mama Thornton?

Willie Mae "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. It spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B charts in 1953 and sold almost two million copies. However, her success was overshadowed three years later, when Elvis Presley recorded his more popular rendition of "Hound Dog". Similarly, Thornton's "Ball 'n' Chain", had a bigger impact when performed and recorded by Janis Joplin in the late 1960s.

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Born
Dec 11, 1926
Montgomery
Also known as
  • Willie Mae ''Big Mama'' Thornton
  • Big Mamma Thornton
  • Big Mama Thirnton
  • Willie Mae Thorton
  • Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thomton
  • Willie Mae Thornton
  • Thornton, Big Mama
  • Willie Mae \"Big Mama\" Thomton
  • Willie Mae
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Montgomery
Died
Jul 25, 1984
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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