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Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (December 11, 1926July 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 song was #1 on the Billboard R&B charts[1] The B-side was "They Call Me Big Mama," and the single sold almost two million copies.[2] Three years later, Elvis Presley recorded his version, based on a version performed by Freddie Bell and the Bellboys. In a similar occurrence, she wrote and recorded "Ball 'n' Chain," which became a hit for her. Janis Joplin later recorded "Ball and Chain," and was a huge success in the late 1960s for seven weeks.. (From Wikipedia)

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