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Rufus Thomas

Born on March 26, 1917, in Cayce, Mississippi, R&B and blues legend Rufus Thomas began his career in the 1930s as a comedian with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels. In the 1940s he was a DJ on Memphis' WDIA radio, one of the few black-owned stations of that time. His talent shows influenced the careers of such R&B greats as Ike Turner, Bobby Bland and B.B. King. In the 1950s he recorded with Sam Phillips' Sun Records, and in the 1960s he and daughter Carla Thomas were part of the Stax label. His biggest hits have been dance/novelty tunes, such as "Walking the Dog." The 1970s brought disco and Thomas contributed "Do the Funky Chicken."

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Mar 26, 1917 In Cayce, Mississippi, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Police Story 1973-03-20
Latest Project:
Series Castle 2009
Known For
Poster of Castle
Poster of True Blood
Poster of The Sopranos
Poster of The Wonder Years
Castle Unknown 2009
True Blood Unknown 2008-09-07
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
The Sopranos Unknown 1999-01-10
7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
Rock & Roll Self 2 episodes, 1995 1995-09-24
The Wonder Years Unknown 1988-01-31
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Fame Unknown 1982-01-07
Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20