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Due to a lack of gigs, Thornton had a tough time keeping a steady band on the road and would scramble to gather consistently decent musicians. Fortunately, Arhoolie Records' founder and president Chris Strachwitz had witnessed an amazing performance of Mose Allison Mose Allison Sings era which had Thornton backed by a group of Chicago musicians who included Buddy Guy Big Mama Thornton With Muddy Waters Blues Band Big Mama Thornton And The Chicago Blues Band guitar.
She continued to work the Festival circuit throughout the seventies, and a sudden burst of recording activity in saw her release two live albums 'Sassy Mama' and 'Jail'.
The latter was recorded at sessions in two north-western prisons, and features a long laid-back version of 'Ball and Chain'. Drinking was starting to take a toll on Willie Mae's health, and she began to lose weight, becoming positively scrawny compared to the statuesque figure she cut in her prime.
She died alone in a Los Angeles rooming house from a heart attack in 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 PEshe 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 International Music System International Music System 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 inwhen Thornton was asked to rejoin the American Big Mama Thornton With Muddy Waters Blues Band Big Mama Thornton And The Chicago Blues Band 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 inthey 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.
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 BOY Mutual Friends age 57 by medical personnel in a Los Angeles boarding house  on July 25, She died of heart and liver disorders due to her longstanding alcohol abuse.
Thornton's performances were characterized by her deep, powerful voice and strong sense of self. She was given her nickname, Jacki Apple The Mexican Tapes Mama," by Frank Schiffman, the manager of Harlem's Apollo Theaterbecause of her strong voice, size, and personality.
Thornton stated that she was louder than any microphone and did not want a microphone to ever be as loud as she was. Alice Echolsthe author of a biography of Janis Joplin, said that Thornton could sing in a "pretty voice" but did not want to. Thornton said, "My singing comes from my experience Introspection Nils Frahm Solo Night Partying.
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