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This Day in Black History: Dec. 11, 1926

This Day in Black History: Dec. 11, 1926

Blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton born in Montgomery, Alabama.

Published December 11, 2011

Blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was born in Montgomery, Alabama. Her monster smash hit, “Hound Dog,” which would be re-recorded by Elvis Presley, topped Billboard's R&B charts for seven weeks in 1953.

 

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Written by Britt Middleton

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