We remember Big Mama Thornton. ‘Dog Mama’

This day (July 25, 1984), in Los Angeles, California, died Willie Mae a.k.a Big Mama Thornton, an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter.

DIGEST

Digest Tracklist :

Hound Dog / Down Home Shakedown (1965) . Ball n’ Chain (1984) . Early One Morning (1971) .

TOP 10

Big Mama Thornton Top 10 :

Hound Dog . They Call Me Big Mama . I Smell A Rat . Ball And Chain . Little Red Rooster . Walking Blues . My Man Called Me . Nightmare . How Come . Let Your Tears Fall Baby .

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Wikipedia : This day (July 25, 1984), in Los Angeles, California, died Willie Mae a.k.a Big Mama Thornton, an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter.

Big Mama Thornton – Panache Report : She was one of the few black artists during the 50’s who wasn’t cheated out of her royalties although she was cheated out of-receiving song credit. White male music executives were terrified of Thornton and she was known to allegedly carry a pistol in her handbag with a pint of booze.

@allmusic : 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.

@last.fm : Impressed by her massive size (6 ft, 350+ lb),formidable multi-instrument abilities, and fiery stage presence, Robey signed her to his Peacock Records label, where he began the task of translating the forceful belter’s energy onto record.

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