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Monday, March 30, 2015

Big Mama Thorton, 1970

Big Mama Thornton - Live 1970 ... Monument of Blues
No venue given.

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (December 11, 1926 - July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record the hit song "Hound Dog" in 1952. The song was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for seven weeks.The B-side was "They Call Me Big Mama," and the single sold almost two million copies. Three years later, Elvis Presley recorded his version, based on a version performed by Freddie Bell and the Bellboys. In a similar occurrence, she wrote and recorded "Ball 'n' Chain," which became a hit for her. Janis Joplin later recorded "Ball and Chain," and was a huge success in the late 1960s. She started her recording career in Houston Texas in 1951. Big Mama Thorton's career began to fade in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She left Houston and relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she mostly played local blues clubs. This may be a recording from the San Francisco area.

01 Instrumental
02 Everyday I have The Blues
03 Tell Me Baby
04 Hi-Heeled Sneakers
05 Watermelon Man
06 Ball And Chain
07 Hound Dog
08 Oh Happy Day
09 Swing It On Home

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