Big Mama Thornton

Ill Take Care Of You Blues - Otis Spann - Big Mama Thornton - LigWillie Mae Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984), better known as Big Mama Thornton, 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 and Chain”, which she wrote. Thornton’s birth certificate states that she was born in Ariton, Alabama, but in an interview with Chris Strachwitz she claimed Montgomery, Alabama as her birthplace, probably because Montgomery was better known than Ariton. See for more.

My heavy road

Hound Dog and Down Home Shakedown

They call me big mama

Gonna Leave You

Sometimes I Have a Heartache

Everything Gonna Be Alright

Wade In The Water

& Aretha Franklin – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down LIVE 1980

Little Red Rooster (Live)

Rock Me Baby 1971(Live)

Born Under A Bad Sign

Ball n’ Chain (Last performance)

The Way It Is – Full Vinyl Album

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