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Product A Tribute to Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - T-shirt
A Tribute to Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - T-shirt
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Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
(December 11, 1926 - July 25, 1984)
was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record the hit song "Hound Dog" in 1952. The record was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts for seven weeks in 1953; the single sold almost two million copies. Its B-side was "They Call Me Big Mama." Three years later, Elvis Presley recorded his even more broadly successful rendition of "Hound Dog," based on a version performed by Freddie Bell and the Bellboys. Similarly, Thornton wrote and recorded "Ball 'n' Chain", which became a hit for her, yet Janis Joplin's later recording of it made a bigger impact in the late 1960s. 


Image is 8" wide x 13.5" tall

Silk Screened with white ink.

Black, Gildan, 100% cotton heavyweight tee, 5.2 oz

Printed in the USA

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