Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were young songwriters that had the dream of making it big. They are wrote numerous songs that had been played in some garages, but nothing that was sticking to the mainstream. That was until they came across Willie Mae “Big Mamma” Thornton. She was an African American woman that had a passion for Jazz. She had been roughed up with scares on her face and a few extra pounds. When Leiber and Stoller met her they didn’t really know what to say, they had not seen anything truly like it. This inspired them to originally write the song. They wanted the song to portray a woman telling her man to take a walk. ...
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