Rufus Thomas

Rufus Thomas
1917 - 2001

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First Name Rufus
Last Name Thomas
Age 84 (age at death) years
Birthday 26th March, 1917
Birthplace Cayce, Mississippi, United States
Died 15th December, 2001
Zodiac Sign Aries
Occupation Text Singer, comedian, television host, disc jockey
Occupation Actor
Music Genre (Text) R&B, Memphis soul, southern soul, blues, funk, novelty
Music Genre R&B
Year(s) Active 1936–2001, c.1930–1998
Music Style Soul, Blues, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul, Early R&B, Modern Electric Blues, Electric Memphis Blues, Regional Blues
Music Mood Party/Celebratory, Amiable/Good-Natured, Playful, Rowdy, Boisterous, Humorous, Bravado, Exuberant, Earthy, Raucous, Energetic
Instrument Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals
Record Label Sun, Stax, Chess, AVI
Associated Acts Carla Thomas, Marvell Thomas, Vaneese Thomas

Rufus Thomas, Jr. (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was an American rhythm and blues, funk, soul and blues singer, songwriter, dancer, DJ and comic entertainer from Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded for several labels including Chess and Sun in the 1950s, before becoming established in the 1960s and 1970s at Stax Records. He is best known for his novelty dance records including "Walking the Dog" (1963), "Do the Funky Chicken" (1969) and "(Do the) Push and Pull" (1970). According to the Mississippi Blues Commission, "Rufus Thomas embodied the spirit of Memphis music perhaps more than any other artist, and from the early 1940s until his death... occupied many important roles in the local scene."

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