Big Mama Thornton

1926 - 1984

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Willie Mae Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984), better known as 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, staying seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 and selling almost two million copies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Big Mama Thornton has received more than 821,756 page views. Her biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Big Mama Thornton is the 499th most popular singer (down from 496th in 2019), the 2,986th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,753rd in 2019) and the 152nd most popular American Singer.

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  • 34

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  • 3.48

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  • 4.14

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Big Mama Thornton ranks 499 out of 3,541Before her are John Wetton, Sinéad O'Connor, Emmylou Harris, Gazebo, Héctor Lavoe, and Leila Mourad. After her are Rick Parfitt, Faustina Bordoni, Titta Ruffo, Alice Babs, Tito Schipa, and Gundula Janowitz.

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Among people born in 1926, Big Mama Thornton ranks 158Before her are Wolfgang Iser, Vicente Aranda, Paul Baran, Claudio Villa, Genrich Altshuller, and Mickey Hargitay. After her are David C. H. Austin, John G. Kemeny, Dennis W. Sciama, Jambyn Batmönkh, Sonja Ziemann, and Jean Peters. Among people deceased in 1984, Big Mama Thornton ranks 84Before her are Trygve Bratteli, Souvanna Phouma, Pavel Batitsky, Josyf Slipyj, Faina Ranevskaya, and Lionel Robbins. After her are Nodar Dumbadze, Toni Turek, Jüri Lossmann, Uladzimir Karatkievich, Alexis Korner, and Ernesto Mascheroni.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Big Mama Thornton ranks 2,986 out of 15,968Before her are Claire Lee Chennault (1890), John Cheever (1912), Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe (1822), Felicity Huffman (1962), David Arquette (1971), and Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929). After her are Vince Vaughn (1970), Jerome Kern (1885), Flannery O'Connor (1925), Eugene Stoner (1922), Brad Dexter (1917), and John Nance Garner (1868).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Big Mama Thornton ranks 152Before her are Billie Eilish (2001), Jackie Jackson (1951), Waylon Jennings (1937), Bobby Darin (1936), Don McLean (1945), and Emmylou Harris (1947). After her are Mos Def (1973), KRS-One (1965), Lana Del Rey (1985), Bobby Kimball (1947), Wilson Pickett (1941), and Brenda Lee (1944).