Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Ball 'n' Chain" by Big Mama Thornton

While legendary blues performer Big Mama Thornton died on this day in 1984, the music she recorded and popularized will live on...

For instance, Thornton was the first to record Hound Dog, which she did in 1952, four years before Elvis Presley; she was also the first to record Ball 'n' Chain, which was later a huge hit for Janis Joplin.

As to the video - recorded in the year she died - I think it shows Thornton's commanding presence backed up by an extremely tight band, which is always entertaining.
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