BIG MAMA THORNTON Hound Dog – The Peacock Recordings (1992)

Hound Dog
The Peacock Recordings
Greasy Blues And R&B

Unless you’re the hardcore type, this collection of Big Mama Thornton’s work from the 50s might be all you’ll need. Elvis Presley may have introduced her name to the white people of the world, but “Hound Dog” – a contested Leiber & Stoller tune – was no obscure curio. It spent seven weeks atop Billboard’s R&B charts in 1953, proving that Thornton was making a name for herself years before Presley’s re-make took the country by storm. It’s funny now to realize that Elvis, the game-changer that made middle America so nervous, was tamed compared to what was happening in Thornton’s world of R&B. Who thought twice about what Elvis was singing about on “Hound Dog?” Thornton’s rendition is totally about sex. You didn’t see her on Sullivan… even from the waist up. For all the shit thrown at the likes of Pat Boone for the wholesale white-washing of black music, Elvis was doing pretty much the same thing. Just better. I’ve personally still never heard a singular BMT album, but this collection of material from 1951-1957 is a good place to start for anyone interested. Johnny Otis plays, too. Under $5 @ Amazon.

Hound Dog (2:52)
My Man Called Me (2:41)
I Smell A Rat (1:46)
They Call Me Big Mama (2:05)
You Don’t Move Me No More (2:44)
Let Your Tears Fall Baby (2:46)
Rock-A-Bye Baby (2:38)
Yes, Baby (2:53)
How Come (2:34)
Nightmare (2:54)
Stop A-Hoppin‘ On Me (2:29)
Just Like A Dog (2:49)
Walking Blues (3:01)
The Big Change (2:46)
Hard Times (2:13)
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh (2:45)
The Fish (2:43)
I’ve Searched The Whole World Over (2:39)



  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    November 11, 2010 - 13:55 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • 2
    December 15, 2013 - 14:15 | Permalink

    Just found BMT’s name mentioned, so I thought I would take a listen. But the link is not working at the moment.

    • 3
      December 15, 2013 - 14:30 | Permalink

      Just tried it, working fine.

  • 4
    December 21, 2013 - 13:16 | Permalink

    Thanks, it is working for me as well.

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