Total detour tonight, instigated by the pipes belonging to one Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton. Man, oh man, could she belt. Funky 16 Corners posted her "Wade in the Water". So the crawl was on, postponing "Hound Dog", so as to not taint anything else that might be heard. Here's some random selections I ran across, including one with some incredible piano (which may or may not be Otis Spann) and a video of "Ball and Chain" from 1970, with a young restrained Buddy Guy on guitar. After all of the roaming, it was time for "Hound Dog". Aw jeez. I don't care that I've heard it a zillion times. That song is near godhead.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog mp3 at The Beiderbecke Affair
Big Mama Thornton - Wade in the Water mp3 at Funky 16 Corners Go there to get it
Big Mama Thornton - The Big Change mp3 at Moistworks
Big Mama Thornton - Heavy Load mp3 at Song of the Day
Big Mama Thornton - I Feel the Way I Feel mp3 at ATumblr (?) Check the piano.
Big Mama Thornton - Little Red Rooster mp3 at Keep the Coffee Coming
Big Mama Thornton - Ball and Chain (live, TV studio) at YouTube 1970, Buddy Guy on guitar
Big Mama Thornton at Wikipedia