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Big Mama Thornton

Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton (1926-1984) was an American blues singer.

Her one hit was Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's "Hound Dog," which she recorded in 1953 with the Johnny Otis band. Her lively rendition of this song held the #1 spot in the Billboard rhythm and blues charts for seven weeks. Elvis Presley's smoother and bowdlerized version was a major pop hit in 1956.