Good thought, unusual to have made the journey and yet today be a name that I'd reckon over 90% [+?] of people in the UK wouldn't recognise. But seems it was part of a touring US blues festival which makes more sense. And yes I agree with you she totally owns that set, it's quite something esp. considering the eraBrah wrote:I know her but not that she went to the UK.
Big Mama Thornton is new to me, she really owned that stage, the men in the band really seemed to defer to her, I doubt that happened often those days.
And answering my own question from earlier, yes it seems it was Buddy Guy on guitar...
'As her career began to fade in the late 1950s and early 1960s, she left Houston and relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, "playing clubs in San Francisco and L.A. and recording for a succession of labels", notably Berkeley-based Arhoolie Records. In 1965, she toured with the American Folk Blues Festival package in Europe, where her success was notable "because very few female blues singers at that time had ever enjoyed success across the Atlantic." While in England that year, she recorded her first album for Arhoolie, titled Big Mama Thornton – In Europe. It featured backing by blues veterans Buddy Guy (guitar), Fred Below (drums), Eddie Boyd (keyboards), Jimmy Lee Robinson (bass), and Walter "Shakey" Horton (harmonica), except for three songs on which Fred McDowell provided acoustic slide guitar.'