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Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama Thornton was a direct descendant of such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and especially Memphis Minnie. Known for her tough demeanor as well as her stocky frame and powerful boice, she dressed in men's clothing and drank heavily throughout her adult life. Her influence on blues singers to this day is as big as she was.

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