BIG MAMA! The Willie Mae Thornton Story

BIG MAMA! The Willie Mae Thornton Story

Standing 6’ 3”, weighing 365 lbs and bad as she wanted to be, “Big Mama” (Willie Mae Thornton) became one of America’s wildest R&B women and one of the blues’ most colorful pioneers. Known for “Hound Dog”, “Ball ‘n Chain” and “Watermelon Man”, this musical revue takes the audience through one woman’s gritty, hard-rocking history of blues, booze and a Who’s Who of legendary talents who were catapulted into stardom via HER recordings.

This video is excerpts from the 2000 Canadian production that was written and produced by Audrei-Kairen.

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Timecode and credits

00:00 Show Graphic
00:03 Author’s contact info
00:10 Excerpts from Lunchbox Theatre’s production
00:30 Piano Player introduces Big Mama Thornton
01:21 Big Mama Thornton enters
01:30 “Black Rat”
02:20 monologue-Young and cleaning hotels
04:05 monologue-How I got my singing start
04:40 “Catfish Blues”
09:00 monologue-Archie Moore and Buddy Guy
10:00 monologue-Johnny Ace playing Russian Roulette
12:24 monologue-closing message to audience
12:50 “Wang Dang Doodle”
17:06 Author’s contact info
17:14 End of show and standing ovation

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