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HERE’S THE WRFG ROUTE 66 PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020
Original Album or Single & Date
Big Foot’s Boogie
The Hollywood Blue Flames
Soul Sanctuary 2005
Christmas in Jail
Empire Records 1956
Good Morning Judge
King Records 1950
Have Horn Will Travel 1998
Save Your Love For Me
Born To Be No Good
Capitol Records 1949
Live in Europe 2020
Bill Jennings Quintet
King Records 1955
FEATURE: LOUIS JORDAN, THE SOLO HITS FROM A TO Y – WEEK 8
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Decca Records 1946
Jordon’s 13th entry on the Billboard R&B chart.
“Buzz Me” was on the chart for 13 weeks and number one for 9 weeks.
Chris Corcoran Band
Blue Monday Blues
Big Joe & The Dynaflows
Layin’ In The Alley 1994
(We Wanna See) Santa Do The Mambo
Big John Greer
Groove Records 1955
Flying Home Mambo
Atlantic Records 1955
Everybody Looks Good at the Starting Line
Running On Faith 2020
Run Rudolph Run
Chess Records 1958
8:00 AM BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO WILLIE MAE “BIG MAMA” THORNTON
(b) Ariton, Alabama on December 11, 1926
Let Your Tears Fall Baby
Wille Mae Thornton & Billy Harvey’s Band
Peacock Records 1951
Thornton’s first charting single, reaching #5 on the
Cash Box Regional R&B Chart for Dallas in March of 1952.
Bad Luck Got My Man
The Harlem Stars featuring Willie May Thornton
E&W Records 1947
After leaving Alabama in 1940, Bessie Smith’s half-sister, Diamond Tooth Mary helped Thornton find work as a singer. During the 1940s, she was often billed as “The New Bessie Smith.” You can hear why in her first record, cut with The Harlem Stars in 1947.
Me & My Chauffeur Blues
Okeh Records 1941
Thornton idolized Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie.
Both artists were major influences on her style.
Hound Dog Big
Mama Thornton with Kansas City Bill & His Orchestra
Peacock Records 1952
Although the Lieber & Stoller song made Thornton a household name,
she received none of the profits for what would be her only Billboard R&B hit.
Sun Records 1953
The success of “Hound Dog” inspired several so-called “answer” songs,
Thomas’s “Bear Cat” was the most successful.
I Smell A Rat
Young Jessie & His Orchestra
Modern Records 1954
Thornton recorded “Rat” as a follow-up to “Hound Dog,” but her version with
the Johnny Otis Band fell flat, as did this equally fine rendition by Young Jessie.
Stop Hoppin’ On Me
Willie Mae Thornton (Big Mama Thornton)
Peacock Records 1954
“Hoppin'” was Thornton’s last charting single,
barely making it onto the Cash Box R&B Charts.
Big Mama Thornton & Johnny Ace
Peacock Records 1955
Thornton recorded several duets with Johnny Ace. She was there when he
accidentally shot himself to death on Christmas Day 1955.
WILLIE MAE “BIG MAMA” THORNTON RESOURCES
biography @ wikipedia.org
discography @ discogs.com
overview @ allmusic.com
Joe Houston & Otis Grand
Return of the Honk! 1994
Everybody Ain’t Your Friend
Duke Robillard & Friends
Blues Bash 2020
Cookin’ in Style
Merry Christmas Baby
Aladdin Records 1956
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Billie Holiday 1954
Do Nothing Till You Here From Me
Gene “Mighty Flea” Conners
Coming Home 1976
Good Mornin’ Blues (Xmas Blues)
Count Basie & His Orchestra w/ Jimmy Rushing
Decca Records 1937
Tag (You’re It)
Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Nine Lives 2005