Hound Dog

Big Mama Thornton

Mama’s blues

Big Mama Thornton sings her R&B hit “Hound Dog” at 1965 American Folk Blues Festival with accompanists Buddy Guy (guitar), Eddie Boyd (piano), Jimmie Lee Robinson (bass), and Fred Below (drums).

“Hound Dog” was originally recorded by Thornton on August 13, 1952 and released by Peacock Records the following February.

After leaving home in Ariton, Alabama after the death of her mother Willie Mae Thornton joined “Sammy Green’s Hot Harlem Revue” with which she toured the South for the next several years. A short time after settling in Houston all of her hard work paid off in 1951 when she signed a recording contract with Peacock Records. By 1952 she would be a featured performer at the Apollo Theater.

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