b. 26th March 1917, Cayce, Mississippi, U.S.A.

d. 15th December 2001, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Rufus Thomas first recorded as a member of the Rabbit's Foot Minstrels.

They were an old vaudeville band that toured the circuits in 1935.

Rufus then met Nat D. Williams, whilst still at high school, a history teacher who organized annual variety shows.

By the late 1940's Rufus found himself performing in several Memphis nightclubs and he set up several local talent shows.

Rufus also ran his own Beale Street amateur show, where Rufus discovered B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Little Junior Parker.

Rufus was also a disc jockey at WDIA and remained there until 1974, replacing B.B. King due to B.B.'s growing popularity.

In 1949 be began his recording career with 'I’ll Be A Good Boy' for the Star talent imprint.

By the 1950's, Rufus had contributed greatly to the Sun Records label working alongside Sam Phillips.

Rufus also recorded for the Chess and Meteor imprints before 'Bear Cat' became a Top 3 U.S. R & B hit.

The song was an answer offering to Willie Mae Thornton's 'Hound Dog'.

The song was released on Sun in 1953.

Although Rufus was a respected in his own right, he complained in later years that Sun's black artists were pushed aside after Elvis Presley's version of 'Hound Dog' became a hit.

In 1959, he recorded a duet with his daughter Carla Thomas entitled 'Cause I Love You' for the Satellite label, a label that was later to become Stax Records.

Rufus released several hit songs, notably 'Walking The Dog' in 1963, a song that made the U.S. Top Ten.

He recorded 'Jump Back', 'Can You Do The Monkey Dog' and 'All Night Worker' a year later.

In 1967, Rufus released the song 'Sophisticated Sissy' and in 1968 'Memphis Train'.

This led to an assortment of dance numbers including 'Do The Funky Chicken' in 1970, '(Do The) Push And Pull, Part V' in the same year and 'Do The Funky Penguin' in 1971).

He remained at the Stax imprint until 1975, when the label folded, relocating to the AVI imprint.

Rufus's releases at that label included 'If There Were No Music' and 'I Ain't Getting Older I'm Gettin' Better'.

In 1980, Rufus re-recorded several of his older songs for a self-titled collection on Gusto.

In the 80's he abandoned R & B and recorded some rap with 'Rappin' Rufus', on the Ichiban label, and tackled blues with 'That Woman Is Poison', on the Alligator label.

Bob Fisher's Sequel Records released a new album from Rufus in 1996.

'Blues Thang' celebrated his 79th birthday at the time of release.

Rufus held three concerts at the Olympic Games in Atlanta the following year.

1998 saw Rufus hosting the Beale Street New Year's Eve celebrations and played in Nashville the same year.

In 1998, he underwent open-heart surgery at a Memphis hospital.

Rufus Thomas 'the world's oldest teenager' died from heart failure in December 2001 in Memphis Tennessee.

Below are some photo's of Rufus on a trip to Belgium in 1987. These were sent to me by a hairdresser called Fabrice Corbanie, who you can see cutting Rufus's hair. Many thanks for these Fabrice. Lovely images.

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Released: 1969
Label: Stax


credits : Yeah!
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reupload please

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Artist: Rufus Thomas
Album: The Platinum Collection
Bitrate: VBR kbps
Source: CD (LP)
Label: Warner Bros
Year: 2007
Genre: Soul
Rip date: 2007-06-03
Store date: 2007-00-00
Encoder: LAME
Size: 39 megs


01. Walking The Dog 2:35
02. Little Sally Walker 2:28
03. Can Your Monkey Do The Dog 2:28
04. Jump Back 2:21
05. Down Ta My House 2:25
06. Willy Nilly 2:37
07. I Think I Made A Boo Boo 2:18
08. The Memphis Train 2:34
09. The Dog 2:35
10. That's Really Some Good 1:57
11. Somebody Stole My Dog 2:39
12. The World Is Round 2:28
13. Sister's Got A Boyfriend 2:44
14. Sophisticated Cissy 2:44
15. I Didn't Believe 2:12
16. Can't Ever Let You Go 2:34
17. Birds And Bees 2:24
18. Night Time Is The Right Time 2:35



To celebrate 60 years of Atlantic Records R&B, a new remastered compilation
of Rufus Thomas' best songs. Enjoy



Rufus Thomas - The Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975 [2003]

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01. Funkiest Man Alive
02. Give Me The Green Light
03. Itch And Scratch (Part 1)
04. Turn Your Damper Down
05. Funky Hot Grits
06. I'm Getting Better
07. Sophisticated Sissy
08. Funky Mississippi
09. Git On Up And Do It
10. The Breakdown (Part 1)
11. (Do The) Push And Pull (Part 1)
12. Do The Funky Penguin (Part 1)
13. Do The Double Bump
14. Funky Robot (Part 1)
15. Memphis Train '75
16. Let The Good Times Roll
17. The Funky Bird
18. Rock Me Back a.k.a. Rock Back



Rufus Thomas - Walking The Dog [1964]

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1. Dog
2. Mashed Potatoes
3. Ooh Poo Pah Doo
4. You Said
5. Boom Boom
6. It's Aw'rite
7. Walking the Dog
8. Ya Ya
9. Land of 1000 Dances
10. Can Your Monkey Do the Dog
11. Cause I Love You
12. I Want to Be Loved



Я большой любитель фуникулёров. Зачастую их почему-то путают с горнолыжными подъёмниками. Поездка на фуникулёре не сильно бьёт по карману, принося при этом огромное удовольствие.
Ух тыыыыыыы.... Руфус был НЕРЕАЛЬНЫЙ чувак, царствие ему небесное! Для меня - в одном ряду с JB! СПА-СИ-БО!
Rufus Thomas - Did You Heard Me [1973]

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01. Do The Push And Pull (Parts 1 and 2)
02. World Is Round
03. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons
04. Breakdown (Part 1)
05. Breakdown (Part 2)
06. Love Trap
07. Do The Funky Penguin (Part 1)
08. Do The Funky Penguin (Part 2)
09. Ditch Digging
10. 6 3 8 That's The Number To Play


Я большой любитель фуникулёров. Зачастую их почему-то путают с горнолыжными подъёмниками. Поездка на фуникулёре не сильно бьёт по карману, принося при этом огромное удовольствие.
thx for sharing thumb.gif downloading....
Exellent!!! I looked for him during last four years! Thank you very much!!!
opupet'!!! sps!!!!!!!
Клёва. Спасибо smile.gif
Отличная вещь, прослушивается находу.
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Хорош Руфус я чёт о нем раньше не слышал, спасибо thumb.gif
Хорош Руфус я чёт о нем раньше не слышал,

Я тож не знал. Зато теперь слушаю и наслаждаюсь. Спасибо большое.
если кто-то не вкурсе, у него есть дочь: Карла Томас
Я большой любитель фуникулёров. Зачастую их почему-то путают с горнолыжными подъёмниками. Поездка на фуникулёре не сильно бьёт по карману, принося при этом огромное удовольствие.
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