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Thornton's birth certificate states that she was born in Ariton, Alabama but in an interview with Chris Awakening.exe - LV.4 - Awakening.exe EP she claimed Montgomery, Alabamaas her birthplace, probably because Montgomery was better known than Ariton.
She and her six siblings began to sing at early ages. Thornton's career began to take off when she moved to Houston in Also inwhile working with another Peacock artist Johnny Otisshe recorded " Hound Dog ", the first record produced by its writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
The pair were present at the recording,  with Leiber demonstrating the song in the vocal style they had envisioned;   "We wanted her to growl it," Stoller said, which she did.
Otis played drums, after the original drummer was unable to play an adequate part. On Christmas Day in a theatre in Houston, Texas, she witnessed fellow performer Johnny Acealso signed to Duke and Peacock record labels, accidentally shoot and kill himself while playing with a.
Thornton's success with "Hound Dog" was followed three years later by Elvis Presley recording his hit version of the song. The song is not about a dog, it's about a man, a freeloading gigolo.
As her career began to fade in the late s and early s,  she left Houston and relocated to the San Francisco Bay area, "playing clubs in San Francisco and L. Inshe toured with the American Folk Blues Festival in Europe,  where her success Progone Me Oči Tvoje - Nihad Alibegović - Zakletva notable "because very few female blues singers at that time had ever enjoyed success across the Atlantic.
She performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in and Her last album for Arhoolie, Ball n' Chainwas released in It was made up of tracks from her two previous albums, plus her composition "Ball and Chain" and the standard " Wade in the Water ". A small combo, including O Mama - Michael Turner - Tribal Rock frequent guitarist Edward "Bee" Houstonprovided backup for the two songs.
ByThornton had signed with Mercury Recordswhich released her most successful album, Stronger Than Dirtwhich reached number in the Billboard Top record chart. Thornton had now signed a contract with Pentagram Records and could finally fulfill one of her biggest dreams. A blues woman and the daughter of a preacher, Thornton loved the blues and what she called the "good singing" of gospel artists like the Dixie Hummingbirds and Mahalia Jackson.
She had Debbie Bayshaw* - Mixed Emotions wanted to record a gospel record, and with the album Saved PEshe achieved O Mama - Michael Turner - Tribal Rock longtime goal. By then the American blues revival had come to an end. While the original blues acts like Thornton mostly played smaller venues, younger people played their versions of blues in massive arenas for big money.
Since the blues had seeped into other genres of music, the blues musician no longer needed impoverishment or geography for substantiation; the style was enough. Move To Memphis - a-ha - Memorial Beach at home the offers became fewer and smaller, things changed for good inwhen Thornton was asked to rejoin the American Folk Blues Festival tour.
She thought of Europe as a good place for herself, and, with the lack of engagements in the United States, she agreed happily. As inthey garnered recognition and respect from other musicians who wanted to see them. In the s, years of heavy drinking began to damage Thornton's health. Other songs from the recording session were released in on Big Mama Swings.
Jail captured her performances during mids concerts at two prisons in the northwestern United States. In the early s, Thornton's sexual proclivities became a question among blues fans.
She sat at center stage Were Watching Our Step - George Jones And The Jones Boys - New Country Hits played pieces she wanted to play, which were not on the program.
Thornton was found dead at age 57 by medical O Mama - Michael Turner - Tribal Rock in a Los Angeles boarding house  on July 25, She died of heart and liver disorders due to her Humdinger - J.J. Cale - Travel-Log alcohol abuse. Thornton's performances were characterized by her deep, powerful voice and strong sense of self.
She was given her nickname, "Big Mama," by Frank Schiffman, the manager of Harlem's Apollo Theaterbecause of her strong voice, size, and personality. Thornton stated that she was louder than any microphone and did not want a microphone to ever be as Platini (B Side Of Someday) - M People - Northern Soul as she was.
Alice Echolsthe author of a biography of Janis Joplin, said that Thornton could sing in a "pretty voice" but did not want to. Thornton said, "My singing comes from my experience My own experience. I can't read music, but I know what I'm singing! I don't sing like nobody but myself. Her style was heavily influenced by gospel music that she listened to growing up at the home of a preacher, though her genre could be described as blues.
That's why when I do a song by Jimmy Reed or somebody, I have my own way of singing it. Because I don't want to be Jimmy Reed, I want to be me. I like to put myself into whatever I'm doin' so I can feel it". Scholars such as Maureen Mahon have praised Thornton for subverting traditional roles of African-American women.
This transgression was an integral part of her performance and stage persona. Her vocal sound and style of delivery are key parts of her style and O Mama - Michael Turner - Tribal Rock recognizable in Presley's and Joplin's work. During her career, Thornton was nominated for the Blues Music Awards six times. Thornton did not receive compensation for her song, but Joplin gave her the recognition she deserved by having Thornton open for her.
Joplin found her singing voice through Thornton, who praised Joplin's version of "Ball 'n' Chain", saying, "That girl feels like I do. The lack of appreciation she received for "Hound Dog" and "Ball 'n' Chain" as they became popular hits is representative of the lack of recognition she received during her career as a whole.
Many critics argue that Thornton's lack of recognition in the music industry is a reflection of an era of racial segregation in the United Statesboth physically and in the music industry. Inthe nonprofit Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, named for Thornton, was founded to offer a musical education to girls from ages eight to eighteen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. Biography portal. University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved 10 December Dubai: Carlton Books.
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