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Rockin' before their time

When people think of female rock and roll pioneers..they might think of Janis Joplin or Grace Slick..maybe the band Heart. But way before they were doing their thing, there were a couple women who went before them that I think you should know about.

One was Big Mama Thornton, who was the first to record the song "Hound Dog" later made famous by Elvis Presley. She also recorded ""Ball n Chain" that Janis poured out her soul with more than a decade later.

The other is Wanda Jackson, who was an amazing rockabillly singer. She also sang some country stuff, but it was actually Elvis who encouraged her to give rock and roll a try. She's still touring to this day, and a couple of years ago made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jack  White recognized her amazing ability and did a record with her too.

In this video, Big Mama Thornton is accompanied on guitar by none other than the great Buddy Guy.


And here's Wanda Jackson rippin' it up..




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