Before Janis, there was Big Mama Thornton. Please remember that..

Before Janis, there was Big Mama Thornton. Please remember that..

1965 San Francisco Blues Festival — with Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton, The Chambers Brothers & others

1965 San Francisco Blues Festival — with Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton, The Chambers Brothers & others

Big Mama Thornton. Phenomenal blues singer.  You aint nothin' but a hound dog as it should be sung!!!

Big Mama Thornton. Phenomenal blues singer. You aint nothin' but a hound dog as it should be sung!!!

Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama Thornton

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter.

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter.

Blues singer Big Mama Thornton was born 12-11-1926. She recorded Hound Dog in 1952 before Elvis' cover in 1956 made it an international hit. She also recorded Ball 'n Chain in 1961 long before Janis hit large with it in 1968. "Big Mama" passed in 1984. Big Mama singing Hound Dog (1952).

Blues singer Big Mama Thornton was born 12-11-1926. She recorded Hound Dog in 1952 before Elvis' cover in 1956 made it an international hit. She also recorded Ball 'n Chain in 1961 long before Janis hit large with it in 1968. "Big Mama" passed in 1984. Big Mama singing Hound Dog (1952).

Big Mama Mae Thornton - Festival Field (Newport, RI) Jul 20, 1969

Big Mama Mae Thornton - Festival Field (Newport, RI) Jul 20, 1969

Big Mama Thornton-Everything Gonna Be Alright ( with the muddy waters blues band )

Big Mama Thornton-Everything Gonna Be Alright ( with the muddy waters blues band )

Love Big Mama ♥ ... especially when she pulls out the harmonica ... one of my childhood memories ... check it > Big Mama Thornton - Everything Gonna Be Alright ....Big Mama Thornton & Muddy Waters Blues Band ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5alA8gpxQmE#t=57

Love Big Mama ♥ ... especially when she pulls out the harmonica ... one of my childhood memories ... check it > Big Mama Thornton - Everything Gonna Be Alright ....Big Mama Thornton & Muddy Waters Blues Band ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5alA8gpxQmE#t=57

Big Mama Thornton, blues singer and songwriter. She was known for her powerful voice.

Big Mama Thornton, blues singer and songwriter. She was known for her powerful voice.

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