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 R&B 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 1,057,705 page views. Her biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Big Mama Thornton is the 643rd most popular singer (down from 498th in 2019), the 3,599th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,985th in 2019) and the 187th most popular Singer.

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  • 52.38

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  • 34

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  • 3.18

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.22

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Big Mama Thornton ranks 643 out of 3,528Before her are Billie Eilish, Tito Schipa, Julie London, Martti Talvela, Sena Jurinac, and Peppino di Capri. After her are Frank Sinatra Jr., Ian Dury, Al Jolson, Massiel, Vice Vukov, and Rita Marley.

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Among people born in 1926, Big Mama Thornton ranks 184Before her are Yitzhak Arad, Jean Peters, Julie London, Ernst Ocwirk, Ingrid Haebler, and Alfredo Oscar Saint Jean. After her are Estanislao Esteban Karlic, Vicente Aranda, Bo Carpelan, Mieczysław Rakowski, Sonja Ziemann, and Ivica Horvat. Among people deceased in 1984, Big Mama Thornton ranks 100Before her are Panteleimon Ponomarenko, Karl-August Fagerholm, Maximilian Fretter-Pico, Richard E. Bellman, Ernesto Mascheroni, and Trygve Bratteli. After her are Adam Malik, Ansel Adams, Walter Pidgeon, Manuel Fleitas Solich, Paul Ben-Haim, and Uwe Johnson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Big Mama Thornton ranks 3,599 out of 18,182Before her are Franz Kline (1910), Timothy Hutton (1960), Maso di Banco (1250), Philip Kaufman (1936), Vernor Vinge (1944), and Mariska Hargitay (1964). After her are Jeff Lindsay (1952), Frank Sinatra Jr. (1944), Paul Gallico (1897), Spotted Elk (1826), Linda Fiorentino (1958), and Frederic Forrest (1936).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Big Mama Thornton ranks 187Before her are George Clinton (1941), Akon (1973), Steve Perry (1949), Nicole Scherzinger (1978), Billie Eilish (2001), and Julie London (1926). After her are Frank Sinatra Jr. (1944), Vince Neil (1961), Paula Abdul (1962), Leontyne Price (1927), Lobo (1943), and Aaliyah (1979).