Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Big Mama Thornton Belts Out "Hound Dog"


Despite the fact that "Hound Dog" is usually solely associated with Elvis Presley's mega hit in 1956, Big Mama Thornton also had success with this Lieber and Stoller tune three years earlier. Her she does a rousing rendition in 1965, with a young Buddy Guy, recently showcased here, by her side on guitar. Thornton also had a 1961 hit with her original composition "Ball and Chain," the song that launched the career of Janis Joplin at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

2 comments:

fleud said...

I emailed this video to you, or did you find it yourself? In either case, an exellent choice. Big Mama and a young Buddy Guy! Big Mama was not only a talented musician, but she could spot genius, too.

Jeff Tone said...

fleud: I found it, but you may have emailed it as well. Yes,here are two blues giants playing together. Big Mama played the harmonica and drums. I haven't seen her drumming, but she was quite fine on the harp.