Big Mama Thornton Photo Gallery

Willie MaeBig MamaThornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was a Rhythm and Blues singer, harmonica player and drummer. She was to first to record the song “Hound Dog” which was a hit for her before Elvis Presley recorded it. She wrote and recorded “Ball and Chain” which was later recorded by Janis Joplin. These photos were either taken by Chris Strachwitz or collected by him. Listen to an interview of Big Mama Thornton by Chris Strachwitz here….  

Rumbo a california

The Arhoolie Foundation is proud to present: Rumbo a California: Making Mexican Music in the Golden State, a bilingual digital exhibition that explores the history of Mexican music in California and the stories of the people, labels, and events that have shaped it.


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