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Big Mama Thornton


Birth Name: Willie Mae Thornton

Born: 11 December 1926 Died: 25 July 1984

Country of origin: United States


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Description: 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 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. She also wrote and recorded "Ball 'n' Chain," which became a hit for her. ... (more)
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