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The song is not about a dog, it's about a man, a freeloading gigolo. As her career began to fade in the late s and early s,  she left Houston and relocated to the San Francisco Bay area, "playing clubs in San Francisco and L. In , she toured with the American Folk Blues Festival in Europe,  where her success was notable "because very few female blues singers at that time had ever enjoyed success across the Atlantic.
She performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in and Her last album for Arhoolie, Ball n' Chain , was released in It was made up of tracks from her two previous albums, plus her composition "Ball and Chain" and the standard " Wade in the Water ". A small combo, including her frequent guitarist Edward "Bee" Houston , provided backup for the two songs.
By , Thornton had signed with Mercury Records , which released her most successful album, Stronger Than Dirt , which reached number in the Billboard Top record chart. Thornton had now signed a contract with Pentagram Records and could finally fulfill one of her biggest dreams. A blues woman and the daughter of a preacher, Thornton loved the blues and what she called the "good singing" of gospel artists like the Dixie Hummingbirds and Mahalia Jackson. She had always wanted to record a gospel record, and with the album Saved PE , she achieved that longtime goal.
By then, the American blues revival had come to an end. While the original blues acts like Thornton mostly played smaller venues, younger people played their versions of blues in massive arenas for big money. Since the blues had seeped into other genres of music, the blues musician no longer needed impoverishment or geography for substantiation; the style was enough.
While at home the offers became fewer and smaller, things changed for good in , when Thornton was asked to rejoin the American Folk Blues Festival tour. She thought of Europe as a good place for herself, and, with the lack of engagements in the United States, she agreed happily.
As in , they garnered recognition and respect from other musicians who wanted to see them. In the s, years of heavy drinking began to damage Thornton's health. Other songs from the recording session were released in on Big Mama Swings.
Jail captured her performances during mids concerts at two prisons in the northwestern United States. In the early s, Thornton's sexual proclivities became a question among blues fans. She sat at center stage and played pieces she wanted to play, which were not on the program. Thornton was found dead at age 57 by medical personnel in a Los Angeles boarding house  on July 25, Historical blues with a top notch line-up.
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. I saw the Blues Tour with all the personnel on this record, plus more superb blues Artists. This album was recorded in London at the end of the tour I think. I was fortunate enough to call in the hotel in Bradford where the tour members were staying in Bradford. Two friends of mine and I spent about an hour and a half talking to Big Mama and Fred McDowell, another friend had a long talk with Buddy Guy and another with the tour manager.
It was a very memorable finale to a great evening. This recording captures the spirit and sheer exhuberance of Big Mama in particular and also the rest of the musicians. Yet another great re-issue from Ahoolie! Report abuse. Grandissima voce e ottimi interpreti. Vinile stiloso in una ristampa godibilissima. Report abuse Translate review to English. A great album, came in perfect condition. And a bonus surprise it was the limited edition red vinyl. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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