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Big Mama Thornton

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J.B. Lenoir, Buddy Guy, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thornton et al: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, 21 October 1965

WHEN EIGHT blues artistes leap about a stage, blowing harmonicas, thumping drums and piano, playing guitars and singing and shouting their song, it is impossible ...

Big Mama Thornton: Big Mama Thornton In Europe (Arhoolie 1028)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 21 May 1966

WILLIE MAE "Big Mama" Thornton, certainly the finest woman blues singer you'll hear these days, finally has a good recording on the market. Big Mama ...

Big Mama Thornton: Ash Grove, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 15 February 1968

WILLIE MAE (Big Mama) Thornton, resident attraction at the Ash Grove through Sunday, just about outweighed her audience Tuesday night, but the barrel-shaped singer rolled ...

Lee Michaels, Big Mama Thornton: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 1969

Rock Show Given at Pasadena Rose Palace ...

Joe Cocker, Big Mama Thornton, Lonnie Mack, Sweetwater: Magic Circus, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 1969

Soul Music Presented at the Magic Circus ...

Payin' Some Dues — Blues at Ann Arbor

Live Review by Miller Francis jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 18 August 1969

"I'd like for them to hear the real things. I don't think yet that most of the white people like my music because it's blues. I ...

Big Mama Thornton: Stronger Than Dirt (Mercury)

Review by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, 1 November 1969

ANYBODY WHO has ever seen Big Mama Thornton perform will vouch for the fact that she is a consummate entertainer. So good, in fact, that ...

Big Mama Thornton, Bukka White, T-Bone Walker et al: Berkeley Blues Festival, University of California, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Michael Lydon, The New York Times, 19 April 1970

'Sing Your Own Blues' ...

Big Mama Thornton, Phillip Walker: Ash Grove, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 4 December 1971

Big Mama Thornton on Stage at Ash Grove ...

Big Mama Thornton: The Hound Dog Howler Who Inspired Janis

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 1 January 1972

IN THE DEEPEST depths of Transatlantic's Marylebone High Street (London) headquarters there's a wire cage which looks like Death Row in your favourite neighbourhood prison. ...

B.B. King and Guests: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, The New York Times, 1 July 1973

B.B. King's Blues Barn Creates Echoes of Past ...

Obituary: Don D. Robey, R&B Pioneer, Dead at 71

Obituary by Joe Nick Patoski, Rolling Stone, 31 July 1975

HOUSTON — DON D. Robey, a leading figure in rhythm & blues and gospel recordings in the Fifties and Sixties, died early Monday, June 16th, ...

Willie Mae Thornton: Big Mama to the end

Obituary by Bill Bentley, L.A. Weekly, 16 August 1984

WILLIE MAE Thornton, called Big Mama by friends and fans, sang the sort of boisterous blues that made one want to roll around in the ...

Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton 1926-1984

Obituary by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 18 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 ...

Galen Gart and Roy C. Ames: Duke/Peacock Records – An illustrated history with discography (Big Nickel Publications)

Book Review by Tony Burke, Blues & Rhythm, August 1990

BIG NICKEL PUBLICATIONS continue their unsurpassed service of providing a mine of information to R&B record collectors with another addition to its catalogue of books, ...

Jerry Leiber, 1933-2011

Obituary by David Hepworth, The Word, October 2011

The man who made "15-minute radio plays" into hits. ...

Big Mama Thornton: Big Mama's Blues

Retrospective by David Burke, Vintage Rock, November 2017

BIG MAMA THORNTON – alias Willie Mae Thornton – knew how it worked. Like her black R&B contemporaries, male and female (but especially female), she ...


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