On this day: July 25

POSTED: 04:34 PM PDT Jul 24, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 24, 2013 

America gives its Army generals five stars, a family favorite amusement park ride is patented, Dylan plugs in, and Roseanne "sings," all on this day.

OTD July 25 - Big Mama Thornton
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1984: Rhythm and blues singer-songwriter Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, dies of heart attack at the age of 57 in Los Angeles, California. She was the first to record the song "Hound Dog" in 1952, which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts and sold almost two million copies, but was overshadowed by Elvis Presley's version three years later. She wrote "Ball 'n' Chain," which later became a hit for Janis Joplin, "They Call Me Big Mama" and 20 other blues songs, and is an inductee of the Blues Hall of Fame.

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