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).
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