American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (1926-1984) who was the first to record Leiber and Stoller's 'Hound Dog,' a song that stayed seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 and sold almost two million copies. Vintage ballpoint signature, "Best wishes, Big Mama Thornton, 3-6-72,” on an off-white 3 x 3.25 sheet affixed to a slightly larger card. Removably corner-mounted to a display sheet with an image of Big Mama. In very good to fine condition, with light overall creasing.
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