Even if you’ve never heard Big Mama Thornton, born 84 years ago today, you’re probably familiar with some of her best-known songs. She was the first to record “Hound Dog”, written for her by Lieber and Stoller and later a big hit for Elvis Presley, and her song “Ball and Chain” later became a chart-topper for Janice Joplin. Born on the outskirts of Montgomery, Alabama as one of seven siblings in 1926, like many entertainers of her generation, Willie Mae Thorton got her start singing in church. Her father was a Baptist minister and her mother sang in the choir. After winning a local singing contest at the age of 14, Thornton came to the attention of promoter Sammy Green and soon began her professional career by landing a spot on Green’s Georgia-based “Hot Harlem Review.” Billed as “The New Bessie Smith” she would tour the southeast with the group for 7 years. Thornton relocated to Houston to get of the road and take advantage of their burgeoning club scene. There she met bandleader
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Ticketmaster has opened the ticket sales for Elvis Presley In Concert @ Radio City Music Hall in NYC on February 15, 2011 to the general public a few minutes ago. If you have the chance to come to the big apple and see the show, be sure to order your tickets now! You won't regret it, New York loves Elvis! Buy Tickets Now P.S. The handicapped seating issue has been resolved! Be sure to arrive at least an hour before the show because they will be searching bags. See you at the show!
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The following email came in from Donnie Sumner: I regret to inform you that MY FRIEND Sherrill (Shaun) Nielsen passed away this morning at about 11:00 A.M. Sherrill fought a good fight and has now received his new body I will miss MY FRIEND. Remember Brenda in your prayers I haven't heard about the funeral arrangments yet But Sherrill and Brenda have a home in Cullman AL and I assume the memorial service will be in Cullman I'll let all of my friends know as soon as I am informed God bless you all Your friend Donnie