Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama Thornton (picture by Richard Arthur Norton, source: Wikipedia)

Big Mama Thornton 1980

1980, Blues Is a Woman Concert at the Newport Jazz Festival at Avery Fisher Hall. Copyright Barbara Weinberg Barefield (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Big Mama Thornton

Other Names:
Birth Name: Willie Mae Thornton

Personal: father George Thornton (minister), mother Mattie Hughes (singer)

Member of: Sammy Green's Hot Harlem Revue

* December 11, 1926 Montgomery AL?
1920s - family is lliving in Barnes AL
c1930 - family moved to Troy AL
c1933 - family moved to Montgomery AL - interested in music early
c1939 - won first prize in local amateur show, Montgomery AL, where she get noticed by Sammy Green
1940 - after the death of her mother she worked outside music to support the family
1941-48 - toured with Sammy Green's Hot Harlem Revue, working as singer, dancer comedian in clubs and theaters through the South
from 1948 - settled in Houston TX - worked frequently at Eldorado Club, Houston TX
c1950 - worked at Bronze Pecock, Houston TX
1950-57 - recorded for Peacock, Houston TX
1951 - recorded with Harlem Stars for E&W label, Houston TX
1950s - worked occasionally with Roy Milton Band and Joe Liggins Band in local clubs, Houston TX
1952 - toured with Johnny Otis Rhythm & Blues Caravan package show working one-nighters in clubs, theaters, dance halls across the US - at Apollo Theater, NYC
1953 - formed her own trio working at local club dates, Los Angeles CA
1953-54 - toured with Junior Parker/Johnny ace package shows working at theaters across the US
1955 - worked as single in local clubs, Phoenix AZ
1956 - toured with Gatemouth Brown
from c1957 - settled on West Bay area
c1961 - worked at Rhumboogie Club, Oakland CA
1961 - recorded for Baytone, Oakland CA - worked at Beachcomber Club and Gate Way Club, Santa Cruz CA
1964 - worked at Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey CA, at Moore's Swing club, Los Angeles CA, Cabale Club, Berkeley CA Sportsman Club, Oakland CA
1965 - recorded for Sotoplay, Los Angeles CA - recorded with Johnny Talbot band for Kent, San Francisco? - toured with American Folk Blues Festival through Europe (recorded for Fontana) - worked at Fairfield Hall, London UK - recorded for Arhoolie, London UK
1966 - recorded with Chicago Blues Band for Arhoolie, San Francisco CA - worked at Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey CA - at The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
1966/67 - worked at Both/And Club, San Francisco CA - at Pacific Jazz Festival, Costa Mesa CA - at Jazz Workshop, San Francisco CA - at Ash Grove, Los Angeles CA
1967 - worked at Unicersity of California, Berleley CA - at Apollo Theater, NYC - at From Spiritual to Swing Concert, Carnegie Hall, NYC - appeared on Black, White & Blues, PBS-TV - worked frequently at R&B Clubs in Los Angeles area
1968 - recorded for Arhoolie, San Francisco CA - worked at Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey CA - at Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles CA - worked at University of California, Los Angeles CA - at Sky River Rock Festival
1968/69 - worked at Sky River Rock Festival, Sultan WA
1969 - appeared on Mexican Jose Feliciano Show, playing with Jose Feliciano, George Harmonica Smith a.o., Mexico City - recorded for Mercury, Hollywood CA - worked at Ungano's, at Electric Circus, NYC - at Madrague, Oakland CA - at Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI - at Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago IL - at Magic Circus, Los Angeles CA - Plugged Nickel, Chicago IL - at Thee Experience Club, Los Angeles? (rec. for Mercury) - at The Colonial Tavern, Toronto CAN - appeared on Della, WOR-TV, NYC - Arhoolie 1028, In Europe released - Mercury 61225, Stronger Than Dirt released - Mercury 6129, The Way It Is released
1969/70 - worked at Ann Arbor Blues Festival, Ann Arbor MI - at Jazz Workshop, Boston MA
1970 - appeared on Rock 1, CBC-TV, Toronto CAN - appeard with Buddy Guy's Blues Band on Mixed Bag, WGBH TV show - worked at Berkeley Blues Festival, Berkeley CA - at Jazz Workshop, San Francisco CA - The Berkley, Boston MA - Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, NYC - Backbeat 68, She's Back released
1971 - recorded soundtrack for Vanishing Point - appeared on Dick Cavett Show, ABC-TV - at Blues Festival, Liberty Hall, Dallas TX - at Alice's Recisited, Chicago IL - at Ash Grove, Los Angeles CA - worked at The Gaslight, at Museum of Modern Art concert "Jazz in the Garden", NYC - at University of Oregon, Eugene OR (rec. by Gunsmoke) - Pentagram 10005, Saved released
1972 - toured with American Folk Blues Festival through Europe - worked at University of Waterloo, Waterloo CAN - at The Lighthouse, The Parisian, Los Angeles CA
1973 - worked at Continental Club, Oakland CA - at Newport Jazz Festival, Philharmonic Hall, at Academy of Music, NYC (rec. for Buddah) - at Twelth Gate Club, Atlanta GA - at Le Coq D'or Tavern, Toronto CAN - at Ozark Mountain Folk Fair, Eureka Springs AR
1974 - appeared on Midnight Special, NBC-TV
1975 - recorded for Vanguard, NYC - worked at Monroe State Prison, Monroe WA (rec. for Vanguard) - at Oregon State Reformatory, Eugene OR (rec. for Vanguard) - at Berkeley Blues Festival, Berkeley CA - Vanguard 79351, Jail released - Vanguard 79354, Sassy Mama! released
1976 - worked at California Club, Los Angeles CA - at The Longbranch, San Francisco CA
1977 - worked at The Palms, San Francisco CA - at Wise Fools Pub, Chicago CA - at The Starwood, Hollywood CA - at George Washington University, Washington DC
1979 - worked at San Francisco Blues Festival, San Francisco CA
1980 - worked at Newport Jazz Festival - at Blues Is a Woman Concert - appeared with Aretha Franklin on Omnibus, ABC-TV - appeared on Night of the Blues (with Lowell Fulson, Percy Mayfield), Santa Cruz CA
1981 - worked with Big Joe Turner at a Cabaret Club, Pasadena CA
1983 - appeared in Three Generations of Blues, PBS-TV
† July 25, 1984 Los Angeles CA, died of a heart attack - was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Los Angeles CA

Instruments: harmonica, drums

Influences: Memphis Minnie, Junior Parker, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith

Influenced: Janis Joplin

Sources:
Wikipedia
Blues Who's Who
Fancourt, Les. McGrath, Bob: The Blues Discography 1943-70
Ford, Robert. McGrath, Bob: The Blues Discography 1971-2000
Leadbitter, Mike. Slaven, Neil: Blues Records 1943 to 1970. A Selective Discography
Smith: Notable Black American Women: Book 2
with research contributions on genealogy and filmography from Amy Marie Scott-Zerr

 

Songs (with date of recording and first release):

Ain't Nothing You Can Do
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45231 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
All Right Baby (Willie Mae Thornton)
1950.00.00 -- Houston TX - E&W 100 - Harlem Stars (Big Mama Thornton (v) Odie Turner? (p), unknown (ts,b))

Baby Please Don't Go/Got My Mojo Working
1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45394 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
Backdoor Blues
1967.01.15 -- NYC - Columbia 30776, on: John Hammond's Spirituals to swing 30th anniversary concert (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Cafe Society All Stars (Buck Clayton (tp), Edmond Hall (cl), Buddy Tate (ts), Ray Bryant (p), Milt Hinton (b), Jo Jones (d)
Bad Luck Got My Man
1950.00.00 -- Houston TX - E&W 100 - Harlem Stars (Big Mama Thornton (v) Odie Turner? (p), unknown (ts,b))
Ball And Chain
(Willie Mae Thornton)
1967.00.00 -- Atlanta GA - Mu Jazz Classics 9001, on: The Roots Of Jazz: The Blues Era (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Pee Wee Crayton? (g)...
1968.01.25 -- Los Angeles CA - Arhoolie 520, Arhoolie 1039, on: Ball And Chain (released 1968) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Everett Minor (ts), Nat Dove (p), Bee Houston (g), Curtis Tillman (b), Gus Wright (d)
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45225 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
1970.00.00 -- Berkeley CA - Arhoolie 518, on: Here Me Howling! (released 2011) - Big Mama Thornton...
1971.10.00 - Eugene OR - TopCat 3012, on: Blues Review of the 20th Century (released 2001) - Big Mama Thornton (v), The Hound Dogs (Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Neldon (d))
1971.11.00? -- Washington DC, Eugene OR - Vanguard 79351, on: Jail (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston, Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Nelson (d)
1972.03.16 -- Lünen GER - Atlantic 60036, on: The 10th American Folk Blues Festival Blues: Giants - Rock Creators (released 1973) - Big Mama Thornton (v,d), Hartley Severns (s,v), Edward Taylor (ts), Paul Lenart (g), Phillip Morrison (b), Vinton Johnson (d)
1973.06.29 -- NYC - Buddah 5144, on: The Blues... "A Real Summit Meeting" (released 1974) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Johnny "Big Moose" Walker (p), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
1979.08.11 -- San Francisco CA - Solid Smoke 8011, on: San Francisco Blues Festival, Vol. 3 (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v), The Ron Thompson Band (Mark Naftalin (p), Ron Thompson (g), Mike Lewis (b), Harold Banks (d))
1980.00.00 -- Houston TX - Lunar 20016, on: Sherman & Friends (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Sherman Robertson (g), The Crosstown Blues Band
Because It's Love
1967.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Galaxy 749 - Big Mama Thornton (v,h)...
Before Day (Big Mama's Blues)
1964.03.00 -- Berkeley CA - Sharp 101, Kent 424 - Big Mama Thornton (v), Johnny Talbot's Band (Johnny Talbot (g)...)
The Big Change
(Don Robey, Fats Washington)
1953.00.00 - Los Angeles CA - RR 107 Peacock 1626, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
Big Mama's Blues
(Willie Mae Thornton)
1961.00.00 -- Oakland CA - Bay-Tone 107 - Big Mama Thornton...
Big Mama's Coming Home (Willie Mae Thornton)
1961.00.00? - Oakland CA - IR 13XX Irma 13 - Big Mama Thornton (v), The Hi-Tones
Big Mama's New Love
1975.00.00 -- NYC - Vanguard 79354, on: Sassy Mama! (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Ronnie Miller (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b) Jimmy Johnson (d)
Big Mama's Shuffle (Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 9043, on: Big Mama Thornton with Muddy Waters' Blues Band (released 2004) - Big Mama Thornton (h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
Big Mama Swings
1975 - NYC - Vanguard 175/77, on: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (released 2000) - Big Mama Thronton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (kb), Ernie Heyes (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b), Jimmy Johnson (d)
Black Rat
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967). alt. tk. Arhoolie 9043, on: Big Mama Thornton with Muddy Waters' Blues Band (released 2004) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
Born Under A Bad Sign
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45223 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Bumble Bee (Big Mama's Bumble Bee Blues)

1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)

Can't Do Without You/Early One Morning
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
Chauffeur Blues (Willie Mae Thornton, Ernest Lawler)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Fred McDowell (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
Cotton Picking Blues
(Don Robey)
1951.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 2068 Peacock 1621, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Bill Harvey Orchestra (Bill Harvey (ts), unknown (tp,s,p,g,b,d))

Don't Do Me This Way
1967.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Movin 145 - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Curtis Tillman (b)...
Don't Need No Doctor
1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45396 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
Don't Talk Back (Robert Geddins)
1961.00.00? - Oakland CA - IR 13X Irma 13 - Big Mama Thornton (v), The Hi-Tones
Down By the Riverside
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Down Home Shakedown (Willie Mae Thornton)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Walter Horton (h), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)

Early One Morning (Early One Mornin' Blues)
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1967.00.00 -- Atlanta GA - Mu Jazz Classics 9001, on: The Roots Of Jazz: The Blues Era (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Pee Wee Crayton? (g)...
Everybody's Happy (But Me)
1975.00.00 -- NYC - Vanguard 79354, on: Sassy Mama! (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b) Jimmy Johnson (d)
Everything Gonna Be Alright (Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h,d), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
Everytime I Think Of You (James Copeland)
1951.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 2069 Peacock 1603 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Bill Harvey Orchestra (Bill Harvey (ts), unknown (tp,s,p,g,b,d))

The Fish (Wayne Springer)
1955.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 3086 Peacock 1650, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie M. Thornton (v), Bill Harvey's Orchestra (Jow Scott (tp), Pluma Davis (tb), Bill Harvey (ts), Roy Gaines (g), unknown (s,p,b,d,v)
Fo' Day Blues
1979.08.11 -- San Francisco CA - Solid Smoke 8011, on: San Francisco Blues Festival, Vol. 3 (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), The Ron Thompson Band (Mark Naftalin (p), Ron Thompson (g), Mike Lewis (b), Harold Banks (d))
'Fore Day In the Morning'
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 518, on: Here Me Howling! (released 2011) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
Funky Broadway
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45229 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...

Gimme A Penny (J. Moore, T. Rhone)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967). alt. tk. Arhoolie 9043, on: Big Mama Thornton with Muddy Waters' Blues Band (released 2004) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Go Down Moses
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Going Down Slow
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
Going Fishing
1975 - NYC - Vanguard 175/77, on: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (released 2000) - Big Mama Thronton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (kb), Ernie Heyes (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b), Jimmy Johnson (d)
Gonna Leave You
1975 - NYC - Vanguard 175/77, on: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (released 2000) - Big Mama Thronton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (kb), Ernie Heyes (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b), Jimmy Johnson (d)
Good-bye Baby
1975 - NYC - Vanguard 175/77, on: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (released 2000) - Big Mama Thronton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (kb), Ernie Heyes (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b), Jimmy Johnson (d)
Good Time In London (Willie Mae Thornton)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
Guide Me Home (Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)

Happy Me
1975 - NYC - Vanguard 175/77, on: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (released 2000) - Big Mama Thronton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (kb), Ernie Heyes (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b), Jimmy Johnson (d)
Hard Times
(Don Robey, Willie Mae Thornton)
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2262 Peacock unissed, ACE 170, on: Quit Snoopin' Round My Door (released 1986) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
He's Got the Hole World In His Hands
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Hound Dog (Houn' Dawg) (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2258 Peacock 1612, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Kansas City Bell (Devonia Williams (p), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d))
1965.10.08 -- Hamburg GER - Fontana 885 422, on: American Folk Blues Festival '65-Studio Session (released 1965). alt. tk on: ACT 9204, Lost Blues Tapes: More American Folk Blues Festival 1963-1965 (released 2004) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (p), Fred Below (d)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Walter Horton (h), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1967.01.15 -- NYC - Columbia 30776, on: John Hammond's Spirituals to swing 30th anniversary concert (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Cafe Society All Stars (Buck Clayton (tp), Edmond Hall (cl), Buddy Tate (ts), Ray Bryant (p), Milt Hinton (b), Jo Jones (d)
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45240 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than That (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
1970.00.00 -- Berkeley CA - Arhoolie 518, on: Here Me Howling! (released 2011) - Big Mama Thornton...
1971.10.00 - Eugene OR - TopCat 3012, on: Blues Review of the 20th Century (released 2001) - Big Mama Thornton (v), The Hound Dogs (Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Neldon (d))
1971.11.00? -- Washington DC, Eugene OR - Vanguard 79351, on: Jail (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston, Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Nelson (d)
1980.00.00 -- Houston TX - Lunar 20016, on: Sherman & Friends (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Sherman Robertson (g), The Crosstown Blues Band
Hound Dog/Walkin' the Dog
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Johnny "Big Moose" Walker (p), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
How Come (Don Robey)
1955.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 3089 Peacock 1654, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie M. Thornton (v), Bill Harvey's Orchestra (Joe Scott (tp), Pluma Davis (tb), Bill Harvey (ts), Roy Gaines (g), unknown (s,p,b,d)

I Ain't No Fool Either (Tunero, Don Robey)
1953.00.00 - Los Angeles CA - RR 105 Peacock 1626 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
I Don't Know Why/24 Hours
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
I Feel the Way I Feel
(Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
I'm All Fed Up (Don Robey)
1950.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 1864 Peacock 1567 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Joe Scott Orchestra (Joe Scott (tp), unknown (s,p,g,b,d))
I'm Feeling Alright (Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967). fast version: Arhoolie 9043, on: Big Mama Thornton with Muddy Waters' Blues Band (released 2004) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
I Need Your Love
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45232 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
I Smell A Rat (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
1953.00.00 - Los Angeles CA - RR 108 Peacock 1632 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
I've Searched the World Over (Phyliss Otis)
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2263 Peacock 1932, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992). alt tk on: ACE 170, Quit Snoopin' Round My Door (released 1986) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)

Jail
1971.11.00? -- Washington DC, Eugene OR - Vanguard 79351, on: Jail (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), George Smith (h), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston, Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Nelson (d)
Just Can't Help Myself
(Don Robey, Willie Mae Thornton)
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2259 Peacock unissued, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
Just Like A Dog (Barking Up the Wrong Tree) (Don Robey, Joseph Scott)
1957.00.00 -- Houston TX - FR 1034 Peacock 1681, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie M. Thornton (v), Johnny Otis Orchestra (Pete Lewis (g), unknown (tp,s,p,b,d,v))

Laugh, Laugh, Laugh (Don Robey)
1955.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 3088 Peacock 1650, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie M. Thornton (v), Bill Harvey's Orchestra (Joe Scott (tp), Pluma Davis (tb), Bill Harvey (ts), Roy Gaines (g), unknown (s,p,b,d)
Let's Go Get Stoned
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1967.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Movin 145 - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Curtis Tillman (b)...
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45228 (45339) Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Let Your Tears Fall Baby (Don Robey)
1951.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 2071 Peacock 1603, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Bill Harvey Orchestra (Bill Harvey (ts), unknown (tp,s,p,g,b,d))
Life Goes On (Morris, Williams)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1967.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Galaxy 749 - Big Mama Thornton (v,h)...
Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45389 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
1971.11.00? -- Washington DC, Eugene OR - Vanguard 79351, on: Jail (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston, Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Nelson (d)
1973.06.29 -- NYC - Buddah 5144, on: The Blues... "A Real Summit Meeting" (released 1974) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Looking the World Over (Ernest Lawler)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
Lord Save Me
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Lost City
1975.00.00 -- NYC - Vanguard 79354, on: Sassy Mama! (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b) Jimmy Johnson (d)

Me And My Chauffeur (Ernest Lawlars)
1964.03.00 -- Berkeley CA - Sharp 101, Kent 424. alt tk on Kent 199, New Breed R&B: Soulful 60's Blues for Today's Dancers (released 2001) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Johnny Talbot's Band (Johnny Talbot (g)...)
Mercy
1963/1965? -- Los Angeles CA - Carolyn 006, Sotoplay 0050 - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
Mischievous Boogie (Manning)
1950.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 1862 Peacock 1603 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Joe Scott Orchestra (Joe Scott (tp), unknown (s,p,g,b,d))
Mixed Up Feeling
1975 - NYC - Vanguard 175/77, on: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (released 2000) - Big Mama Thronton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (kb), Ernie Heyes (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b), Jimmy Johnson (d)
Mother-in-law
1967.01.15 -- NYC - Columbia unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Cafe Society All Stars (Buck Clayton (tp), Edmond Hall (cl), Buddy Tate (ts), Ray Bryant (p), Milt Hinton (b), Jo Jones (d)
Mr. Cool
1975.00.00 -- NYC - Vanguard 79354, on: Sassy Mama! (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Ronnie Miller (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b) Jimmy Johnson (d)
My Heavy Load (Willie Mae thornton, Fred McDowell)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy, Fred McDowell (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
My Love (Big Mama's Blues)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1039, on: Ball And Chain (released 1968) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
My Man Called Me
1957.00.00 -- Houston TX - FR 1035 Peacock 1681, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie M. Thornton (v), Johnny Otis Orchestra (Pete Lewis (g), unknown (tp,s,p,b,d,v))

Nightmare (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2260 Peacock 1612, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
Night Time Is the Right Time
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
No Jody for Me (Don Robey)
1951.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 2070 Peacock 1587 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Bill Harvey Orchestra (Bill Harvey (ts), unknown (tp,s,p,g,b,d))

Oh Happy Day
1971.10.00 - Pullman WA - TopCat 3012, on: Blues Review of the 20th Century (released 2001) - Big Mama Thornton (v), The Hound Dogs (Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Neldon (d))
1971.11.00? -- Washington DC, Eugene OR - Vanguard 79351, on: Jail (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston, Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Nelson (d)
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
One Black Rat

1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45390 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
One More River
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...

Partnership Blues (Don Robey)
1950.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 1861 Peacock 1567 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Joe Scott Orchestra (Joe Scott (tp), unknown (s,p,g,b,d))
The Place (C. Morris, H. Rutledge)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
Precious Daddy
1950.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 1863 Peacock unissued - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Joe Scott Orchestra (Joe Scott (tp), unknown (s,p,g,b,d))
Private Number
1975.00.00 -- NYC - Vanguard 79354, on: Sassy Mama! (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b) Jimmy Johnson (d)

Rockabye Baby
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2261 Peacock 1612, 1647, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
Rock Me Baby
1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45391 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
1971.11.00? -- Washington DC, Eugene OR - Vanguard 79351, on: Jail (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Bill Potter (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston, Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Nelson (d)
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
1980.00.00 -- Houston TX - Lunar 20016, on: Sherman & Friends (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Sherman Robertson (g), The Crosstown Blues Band
Rollin' Stone
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45227 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
1975.00.00 -- NYC - Vanguard 79354, on: Sassy Mama! (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b) Jimmy Johnson (d)
Rooster Blues (Early One Morning)
1980.00.00 -- Houston TX - Lunar 20016, on: Sherman & Friends (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Sherman Robertson (g), The Crosstown Blues Band

Sassy Mama
1975.00.00 -- NYC - Vanguard 79354, on: Sassy Mama! (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b) Jimmy Johnson (d)
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Johnny "Big Moose" Walker (p), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
Saying Something
1968.01.25 -- Los Angeles CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v), Everett Minor (ts), Nat Dove (p), Bee Houston (g), Curtis Tillman (b), Gus Wright (d)
School Boy
(Willie Mae Thornton, Fred McDowell)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy, Fred McDowell (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
Session Blues (Willie Mae Thornton)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,d), Walter Horton (h), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
Sheriff O.E. & Me
1971.11.00? -- Washington DC, Eugene OR - Vanguard 79351, on: Jail (released 1975) - Big Mama Thornton (v), George Smith (h), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston, Steve Wachman (g), Bruce Sieverson (b), Todd Nelson (d)
Since I Fell For You (Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 9043, on: Big Mama Thornton with Muddy Waters' Blues Band (released 2004) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
Sing Out For Jesus (Kim Carnes)
1971.00.00 -- ? - Amos, on soundtrack: Vanishing Point (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton...
Sometimes I Have A Heartache (Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 1032, on: Big Mama Thornton Vol. 2: The Queen At Monterey with the Chicago Blues Band (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)
Special
1975 - NYC - Vanguard 175/77, on: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (released 2000) - Big Mama Thronton (v), Buddy Lucas (ts), Paul Griffin (kb), Ernie Heyes (p), Cornell Dupree (g), Wilbur Bascomb (b), Jimmy Johnson (d)
Spoonfool
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
Stop a Hoppin' on Me (Freddie Jenkins)
1954.00.00 - Houston TX - ACA 2834 Peacock 1642, Rosetta 1311, on: Sweet Petunias: Independent Women's Blues, Volume 4-1929-1956 (released 1986) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Burt Kendricks and His Orchestra (Burt Kendricks (g), unknown (tp,s,b,d))
Story Of My Blues (Willie Mae Thornton)
1954.00.00 - Houston TX - ACA 2835 Peacock 1642 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Burt Kendricks and His Orchestra (Burt Kendricks (g), unknown (tp,s,b,d))
Summertime (Summer Time) (George Gershwin)
1963/1965? -- Los Angeles CA - Sotoplay 0033/4 - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45226 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
Sweet Little Angel
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1967.01.15 -- NYC - Columbia 30776, on: John Hammond's Spirituals to swing 30th anniversary concert (released 1967) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Cafe Society All Stars (Buck Clayton (tp), Edmond Hall (cl), Buddy Tate (ts), Ray Bryant (p), Milt Hinton (b), Jo Jones (d)
1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45393 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Johnny "Big Moose" Walker (p), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
Sweet Little Angel/3 O'Clock Blues
1967.00.00 -- Atlanta GA - Mu Jazz Classics 9001, on: The Roots Of Jazz: The Blues Era (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Pee Wee Crayton? (g)...
Swing It On Home (Wiilie Mae Thornton)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
1971.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Pentagram 10005, on: Saved (released 1971) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...

Tarzan and the Dignified Monkey (Elroy Peace)
1954.00.00 - Houston TX - ACA 2832 Peacock 1650, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Elroy Peace (v), Burt Kendricks (g), unknown (tp,s,b,d)
Tell Me Baby
1972.03.16 -- Lünen GER - Atlantic 60036, on: The 10th American Folk Blues Festival Blues: Giants - Rock Creators (released 1973) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Hartley Severns (s,v), Edward Taylor (ts), Paul Lenart (g), Phillip Morrison (b), Vinton Johnson (d)
That Lucky Old Sun (Beasley Smith, Haven Gillespie)
1966.10.14 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1966.10.15 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie unissued - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Brown (p), Curtis Tillman (b), Victor Leonard (d)
1969.03.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45230 Mercury 61225, on: Stronger Than Dirt (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
There Ain't Nothin' You Can Do (Pt.1,2)
1967.00.00 -- Los Angeles CA - Movin 144 - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), Curtis Tillman (b)...
They Call Me Big Mama (Don Robey, Willie Mae Thornton)
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2256 Peacock 1621, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Kansas City Bell Orchestra (Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d))
Tomcat
1963/1965? -- Los Angeles CA - Sotoplay 0039 - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
The Truth'll Come To the Light
1963/1965? -- Los Angeles CA - Sotoplay 0033/4 - Big Mama Thornton (v)...

Unlucky Girl
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Walter Horton (h), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)

Wade In the Water
1968.01.25 -- Los Angeles CA - Arhoolie 520, Arhoolie 1039, on: Ball And Chain (released 1968) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Everett Minor (ts), Nat Dove (p), Bee Houston (g), Curtis Tillman (b), Gus Wright (d)
1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45392 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
Walking Blues
(Don Robey Willie Mae Thornton)
1952.08.13 - Houston TX - ACA 2257 Peacock 1647, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
Watermelon Man
1969.10.00 -- Los Angeles CA - 45395 Mercury 6129, on: The Way It Is (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), George Smith (h), Jay Hodge (ts), J.D. Nicholson (p), Bee Houston (g), Flip Graham (b), unknown (d)
1977.04.12 -- Montreal CAN - Just A Memory, on: Big Mama Thornton-Rising Sun Collection (released 1995) - Big Mama Thornton (h), Phil Guy, John Primer (g), J.W. Williams (b), Burt Robertson (d)
Where Are You Goin'
1954.00.00 - Houston TX - ACA 2833 Peacock unissued, MCA 10668, on: Hound Dog-The Peacock Recordings (released 1992) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Burt Kendricks and His Orchestra (Burt Kendricks (g), unknown (tp,s,b,d))
Willie Mae's Blues (or Troubles) (Willie Mae Thornton)
1953.00.00? - Los Angeles CA? - RR 105 Peacock unissued, Backbeat 68, on: She's Back (released 1970) - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (v), Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Devonia Williams (p), Johnny Otis (vb), Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Leard Bell (d)
Woke Up This Morning
1968.01.25 -- Los Angeles CA - Arhoolie 9008, on: Bee Houston & His High Steppers-The Hustler (released 1997) - Big Mama Thornton (v), Everett Minor (ts), Nat Dove (p), Bee Houston (g), Curtis Tillman (b), Gus Wright (d)
Wrapped Tight (Willie Mae Thornton)
1966.04.25 -- San Francisco CA - Arhoolie 9043, on: Big Mama Thornton with Muddy Waters' Blues Band (released 2004) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), James Cotton (h), Muddy Waters (g), Sam Lawhorn (g), Otis Spann (p), Luther "Georgia Boy-Snake" Johnson (b), Francis Clay (d)

Yes, Baby (Johnny Ace)
1953.08.28 -- Los Angeles CA - Duke 118 - Johnny Ace (v,org,p), Big Mama Thornton (v), The Johnny Otis Band (Don Johnson (tp), George Washington (tb), James Von Streeter (ts), Fred Ford (bs), Oscar Moore or Pete Lewis (g), Albert Winston (b), Lear Bell (d), Johnny Otis (vb)
Yes I Cried
(Nathaniel McCoy)
1963/1965? -- Los Angeles CA - Sotoplay 0033/4 - Big Mama Thornton (v)...
You Did Me Wrong (Willie Mae Thornton)
1961.00.00 -- Oakland CA - Bay-Tone 107 - Big Mama Thornton...
You Don't Have To Go
1979.08.11 -- San Francisco CA - Solid Smoke 8011, on: San Francisco Blues Festival, Vol. 3 (released 1981) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h), The Ron Thompson Band (Mark Naftalin (p), Ron Thompson (g), Mike Lewis (b), Harold Banks (d))
You Don't Move Me No More (Willie Mae Thornton)
1955.00.00 -- Houston TX - ACA 3087 Peacock unissed, ACE 170, on: Quit Snoopin' Round My Door (released 1986) - Willie M. Thornton (v), Bill Harvey's Orchestra (Joe Scott (tp), Pluma Davis (tb), Bill Harvey (ts), Roy Gaines (g), unknown (s,p,b,d,claves, mcs)
Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be (Willie Mae Thornton)
1965.10.20 -- London UK - Arhoolie 1028, on: In Europe (released 1969) - Big Mama Thornton (v,h,d), Eddie Boyd (org,p), Buddy Guy (g), Jimmy Lee Robinson (b), Fred Below (d)

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