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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 12/20/1980 Dou Dou's Rockhead Paradise Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 12/21/1980 Dou Dou's Rockhead Paradise Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 06/25/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 06/26/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 06/27/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 06/28/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 07/01/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 07/02/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 07/03/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 07/04/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 07/05/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 07/11/1981 Key Largo Portland Oregon USA
Big Mama Thornton 12/04/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 12/05/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 12/06/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 12/10/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 12/11/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 12/12/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 12/13/1981 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada
Big Mama Thornton 01/08/1982 The Catalyst Club Santa Cruz California USA
Big Mama Thornton 01/09/1982 Gulliver's Pub San Francisco California USA
Big Mama Thornton 01/15/1982 Mr. Hyde's San Francisco California USA
Big Mama Thornton 01/19/1982 The Boarding House San Francisco California USA
Big Mama Thornton 01/20/1982 The Boarding House San Francisco California USA
Big Mama Thornton 01/21/1982 The Boarding House San Francisco California USA

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