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Big Mama Thornton

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 Leiber and Stoller's "Hound Dog", in 1952, which became her biggest hit, staying seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 and selling almost two million copies. Thornton's other recordings included the original version of "Ball 'n' Chain", which she wrote. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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Born:
Dec 11, 1926 In Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
4
First Appeared:
In the series The Dick Cavett Show 1968-06-06
Latest Project:
Movie The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969, Vol. 3 2004-08-31
Known For
Poster of The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969, Vol. 3
Poster of Gunsmoke Blues
Poster of The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Filmography
Movie The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969, Vol. 3 2004-08-31
Movie Gunsmoke Blues 2004-08-24
Movie The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2 Herself 2003-01-01
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06