Big Mama Thornton

Born 11th December 1926, Montgomery, Alabama, USADied 25th July 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA Thornton was the first artist to record "Hound Dog", with which she had a Number 1 hit in the Billboard R&B chart in 1952. On the flipside of the single was "They Call Me Big Mama". Selling two million copies, this release helped immortalize her nickname in the world of funky gospel and R&B music. ...more

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