Personalities | Rufus Thomas | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, 1917–2001)

Compere, comedian, song and dance man with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels in the 1930s. Thomas sang Sun Records’ first national hit ‘Bear Cat’ in 1953, and repeated the feat regionally for Stax in 1960 on a duet with daughter Carla, ‘Cause I Love You’. He had a number of novelty dance hits from then until the early 1970s, including ‘Walking The Dog’ and ‘Do The Funky Chicken’, which reflected his vaudeville roots.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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