Big Mama Thornton

    Big Mama Thornton

    • Big Mama Thornton
    Big Mama Thornton

    Big Mama Thornton

    • Big Mama Thornton

    Big Mama Thornton

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    Rock-a-Bye Baby: The 1950-1961 Recordings

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        Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton only notched one national hit in her lifetime, but it was a true monster. "Hound Dog" held down the top slot on Billboard's R&B charts for seven long weeks in 1953. Alas, Elvis Presley's rocking 1956 cover was even bigger, effectively obscuring Thornton's chief claim to immortality. That's a damned shame, because Thornton's menacing growl was indeed something special. The hefty belter first opened her pipes in church but soon embraced the blues. ... Read more

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