An American R&B singer and songwriter. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller's "Hound Dog", in 1952, which became her biggest hit, staying seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 and selling almost two million copies. Thornton's other recordings included the original version of "Ball and Chain", which she wrote.
Oil Pastel on Paper 18 W x 24 H BLM Series C. 2020
This drawings is part of my BLM series honoring the great black artist who have contributed so greatly to our culture.