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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.

Discography

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Big Mama Thornton 05/03/1969 Ungano's NYC New York USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/04/1969 Ungano's NYC New York USA
Big Mama Thornton 10/08/1969 New Orleans House Berkeley California USA
Big Mama Thornton 10/09/1969 New Orleans House Berkeley California USA
Big Mama Thornton 10/11/1969 New Orleans House Berkeley California USA
Big Mama Thornton 10/16/1969 Thee Experience Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 10/17/1969 Thee Experience Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 10/18/1969 Thee Experience Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 03/13/1970 Keystone Korner San Francisco California USA
Big Mama Thornton 03/14/1970 Keystone Korner San Francisco California USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival 08/09/1970 Otis Spann Memorial Field Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Super Heavy Blues Express 05/16/1971 Municipal Auditorium - Atlanta Atlanta Georgia USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/18/1971 Ash Grove Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/19/1971 Ash Grove Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/20/1971 Ash Grove Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/21/1971 Ash Grove Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/22/1971 Ash Grove Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/23/1971 Ash Grove Los Angeles California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/27/1971 Keystone Korner San Francisco California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/28/1971 Keystone Korner San Francisco California USA
Big Mama Thornton 05/29/1971 Keystone Korner San Francisco California USA
American Folk Blues Festival 03/14/1972 Musikhalle Hamburg Hamburg Germany
Big Mama Thornton 04/09/1972 In Your Ear Palo Alto California USA
Big Mama Thornton 04/10/1972 In Your Ear Palo Alto California USA
Muddy Waters 04/29/1972 Pepperland San Rafael California USA

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