Thornton, Big Mama, 1926-1984

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Big Mama Thornton was born Willie Mae Thornton on December 11, 1926. She rose to fame as a singer after recording "Hound Dog" in 1953. She found success in the San Francisco Bay area. She died July 25, 1984.
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referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
referencedIn Connor, Anthony, 1946-. Robert Neff and Anthony Connor blues collection : [oral history], 1973-1974 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Mercury Record Corporation corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Los Angeles CA US
Montgomery AL US
United States 00 US
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Birth 1926-12-11

Death 1984-07-25

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