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Big Mama Thornton

Born: 
12/11/1926
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Died: 
07/25/1984
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Years Active: 
1947-1984
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Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record the hit song "Hound Dog" in 1952. The record was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for seven weeks in 1953; the single sold almost two million copies. Thornton wrote and recorded "Ball 'n' Chain", which became a hit for her, yet Janis Joplin's later recording of it made a bigger impact in the late 1960s. In 1954, Thornton was one of the eyewitnesses to the accidental self-inflicted handgun death of blues singer Johnny Ace.

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Big Mama Thornton 01/11/1952 Dew Drop Inn New Orleans Louisiana USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/10/1953 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
The Ravens 08/09/1953 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
Johnny Ace / Big Mama Thornton 10/04/1953 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
Johnny Ace / Big Mama Thornton 02/21/1954 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
4th American Folk-Blues Festival 10/16/1965 Newcastle City Hall Newcastle Tyne & Wear England
Paul Butterfield Blues Band / Big Mama Thornton 10/14/1966 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco California USA
Paul Butterfield Blues Band / Big Mama Thornton 10/15/1966 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco California USA
Paul Butterfield Blues Band / Big Mama Thornton 10/16/1966 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco California USA
Grateful Dead / Big Mama Thornton 12/09/1966 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco California USA
Grateful Dead / Big Mama Thornton 12/10/1966 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco California USA
Grateful Dead / Big Mama Thornton 12/11/1966 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco California USA
Big Brother & The Holding Company 09/19/1967 Golden Bear Seal Beach California USA
Big Brother & The Holding Company 09/20/1967 Golden Bear Seal Beach California USA
Big Brother & The Holding Company 09/21/1967 Golden Bear Seal Beach California USA
Big Brother & The Holding Company 09/22/1967 Golden Bear Seal Beach California USA
Big Brother & The Holding Company 09/23/1967 Golden Bear Seal Beach California USA
Big Brother & The Holding Company 09/24/1967 Golden Bear Seal Beach California USA
Big Mama Thornton 10/19/1968 The Bank Torrance California USA
Taj Mahal / Big Mama Thornton 11/03/1968 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA
Taj Mahal / Big Mama Thornton 11/04/1968 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA
Taj Mahal / Big Mama Thornton 11/05/1968 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA
Taj Mahal / Big Mama Thornton 11/06/1968 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA
Taj Mahal / Big Mama Thornton 11/07/1968 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA
Taj Mahal / Big Mama Thornton 11/08/1968 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA

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