This Day in Black History: Dec. 11, 1926

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton born.

Posted: 12/11/2011 07:00 AM EST

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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