Rufus Thomas

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1999
Theo Johnson

1996
Tommy

1989
Haney's Big House Dancer

1989
Mystery Train (1989)
Man in Station

1973
Police Story (1973) (TV Show)
Blackberry

Music Department Credits


1989
Aerosmith: Live Texxas Jam '78 (TV Show)
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Soundtrack Credits


2012
Todd's Pop Song Reviews
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2011
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2009
Welcome to the 80's (TV Show)
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2009
Glastonbury 2009 (TV Movie)
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2008
Soul Men (2008)
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2008
True Blood (2008) (TV Show)
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2006
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2002
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2002
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2001
Stickmen (2001)
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2001
Scratch (2001)
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1999
The Sopranos (1999) (TV Show)
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1998
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1997
Keys to Tulsa (1997)
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1995
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1994
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1993
Coitado do Jorge
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1992
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1991
Reasonable Doubts (1991) (TV Show)
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1989
Mystery Train (1989)
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1988
The Wonder Years (1988) (TV Show)
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1985
American Masters (1985) (TV Show)
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1982
Fame (1982) (TV Show)
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1981
The Fan (1981)
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1973
Wattstax (1973)
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1966
The Go!! Show
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1964
Shindig! (1964) (TV Show)
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Biography

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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First Name
Last Name
Age
84 (age at death)
Date of Birth
Birthplace
Date of Death
Star Sign
Occupation
Singer, comedian, television host, disc jockey
Occupation Category
Genre
R&B
Memphis soul
southern soul
blues
funk
novelty
Music Genre
Year(s) Active
1936–2001
c.1930–1998
Music Style
Music Mood
Instrument
Instrument
Vocals
Labels
Sun
Stax
Chess
AVI
Associated Acts

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