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Rufus Thomas (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was a and singer from Memphis, Tennessee, United States, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 19 and 19. He was the father of soul singer Carla Thomas (best known for the classic song “B-A-B-Y”) and keyboard player Marvell Thomas. A third daughter, Vaneese, a former French teacher, for years had a recording studio in upstate New York where she sang for television commercials.

The above biography taken from: Wikipedia - Rufus Thomas

The Crown Prince of Dance; an early rock & roll DJ, Memphis soul icon and creator of the Funky Chicken.

Artist Biography (below) by Richie Unterberger

Few of rock & roll’s founding figures are as likable as Rufus Thomas. From the 1940s onward, he has personified Memphis music; his small but witty cameo role in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, a film which satirizes and enshrines the city’s role in popular culture, was entirely appropriate. As a recording artist, he wasn’t a major innovator, but he could always be depended upon for some good, silly, and/or outrageous fun with his soul dance tunes. He was one of the few rock or soul stars to reach his commercial and artistic peak in middle age, and was a crucial mentor to many important Memphis blues, rock, and soul musicians.

Thomas was already a professional entertainer in the mid-’30s, when he was a comedian with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels.


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    14 Jun 2014 Reply
  • nobledeath

    The funkiest man in the morld, along with James Brown and George Clinton

    9 Apr 2014 Reply

    Rufus Thomas - come on everybody let's "Do the Funky Chicken Now ...." Mr.Rufus Thomas is the Truth .... Come on everybody .... "Ain't gonna Bump no more with that Big Fat Woman" "That woman hurt me - she knocked me down ...."

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Druid66

    I wondered where Carla Thomas got her excellent musical chops - this guy is her dad!

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MHotel

    This dude is like my favorite ever human that ever walked this planet.

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Baader-Meinh0F

    doin the dog

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • jackxnerd

    the funkiest man!

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • raul_martman95

    The guy most funky of the planet.

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • NoThankSBlya

    Крутой мужик! мне очень понравились его блюзовые записи)

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • galadali8

    i think i made a boo boo is soooo funky. and fresh... damn.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Avalorn

    underrated, almost unknown at this ages... but so recommended :)

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ramblebramble

    this guy is an absolute hero

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
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    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • qman2

    I just listened to my good friend Rufus Thomas ssng Do The Funky Chicken. Made me think of my Memphis days messing around with my friend and wow could he eat. Rest on pal. Mr. Bobby Que Hendricks qman2

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Lord_Krichian

    funky man :P

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • kissmylips22


    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • fmsus

    Rufus was underrated. He kicked ass at his art!

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • dubupset

    Presenting... the Stax Of Stax Mix: Delving deep into the Stax Records back catalog, Stax Of Stax is the smoothest of crash courses through life and love, tribulation and elation:

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • captain-ini

    Man as a box of frogs, and funky as hell.

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • crimestopper

    if you don't know how to do it I can show you how.......

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
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