Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama Thornton

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Top Songs

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Hound Dog [Single Version]
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They Call Me Big Mama [Single Version]
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I Smell a Rat
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Rock Me Baby
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Ball And ChainE

Albums

  • Sassy Mama - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club

    Feb 2022 • 9 songs

  • Hound Dog

    Jan 2022 • 1 song

  • Ball 'N Chain

    Jul 2021 • 1 song

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Big Mama Thornton

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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. She toured with Sammy Green's Hot Harlem Revue during the 1940s. Thornton was ensconced on the Housto...
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