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Acknowledgments  ix
Preface  1
1. The Early Years of Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton  5
2. Hound Dog--The Peacock Years and Johnny Otis  12
3. Unlucky Girl--From Texas to California  37
4. "I’m Feeling Alright"  45
5. Big Mama Thornton’s First European Tour  52
6. Back Home  59
7. Ball and Chain  69
8. The Early Seventies  89
9. Sassy Mama Still Swings  110
10. Life Goes On  124
11. Swing It On Home  133
Epilogue--Big Mama Thornton’s Legacy  149
Appendices
A: Timeline  151
B: Selected Discography  163
C: Selection of TV Appearances, Films, DVDs and Videos  171
Chapter Notes  173
Bibliography  179
Index  183

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