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Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton 1926-1984

Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, August 1984

One of the founding careers in rock and roll ended on Wednesday, July 25, when a heart attack took the life of Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton in a Los Angeles boarding-house.

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