Thornton, Willie Mae "Big "Mama"

Willie Mae Thornton (1926-1984) was an influential African American blues singer and songwriter whose career extended from the 1940s to the early 1980s. She was called "Big Mama" for both her size and her robust, powerful voice. She is best known for her gutsy 1952 rhythm and blues recording of "Hound Dog," later covered by … Continue reading Thornton, Willie Mae "Big "Mama"