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Big Mama Thornton (1926–1984)

Big Mama Thornton was born on December 11, 1926 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. She died on July 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »
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  American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2017) (writer - 2 episodes, 2017)
- Birth of the Centerfold: The Girl Next Door (2017) ... (performer: "Just Like A Dog, Barking Up The Wrong Tree", "Rock A Bye Baby" - uncredited) / (writer: "Rock A Bye Baby" - uncredited)
- Before the Bunny: Marilyn Monroe (2017) ... (performer: "Let Your Tears Fall Baby", "My Man Called Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Let Your Tears Fall Baby" - uncredited)
 2017 Big Little Lies (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Once Bitten (2017) ... (writer: "Ball and Chain" - uncredited)
- Push Comes to Shove (2017) ... (writer: "Ball and Chain")
 2012 Atop the Fourth Wall (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Rock and Roll #31: Vanilla Ice (2012) ... (performer: "Hound Dog")
 2011 Elvis XXX: A Porn Parody (Video) (performer: "Howl dog" - uncredited)
 2009 Nowhere Boy (performer: "Hound Dog")
 2008 The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice (Documentary) (performer: "Hound Dog")
 2007 Banda sonora (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2007) ... (writer: "Ball and Chain")
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Devil Music (2007) ... (performer: "Hound Dog")
 2007 Hounddog (performer: "I've Searched the Whole World Over")
 2005 Asylum (performer: "Yes, Baby")
 2003 The Dreamers (writer: "Ball and Chain" (1967))
 2000 Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Ball And Chain")
 1998 In Quiet Night (performer: "Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be", "Sometimes I Have A Heartache", "Sweet Little Angel") / (writer: "Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be", "Sometimes I Have A Heartache", "Sweet Little Angel")
 1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (writer: "Ball And Chain" - as Willie Mae Thornton)
 1994 Woodstock Diary (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Ball and Chain")
 1992 A Few Good Men (performer: "Hound Dog")
 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn (performer: "Rock a Bye Baby") / (writer: "Rock a Bye Baby")
 1983 Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style (Video documentary) (writer: "Ball and Chain" - uncredited)
 1971 Vanishing Point (performer: "Sing Out for Jesus")
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Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller's "Hound Dog" in 1952, which became her biggest hit.


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