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Rufus Thomas
Birth: Mar. 26, 1917
Marshall County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 2001
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Musician. He began his career as a singer comedian in a vaudeville band during the 1930s. In the 1940s, he was performing in several nightclubs when he became a popular disc jockey at Radio Station WDIA-1040 AM in Memphis, Tennessee, a position he held until 1974. By the 1950s, he had started his recording career with many hits to include "Do The Funky Chicken", "Bear Cat", "Push and Pull", "All Night Worker", "Jump Back" and "Walking The Dog" a top ten song in 1963. For feature films, he appeared in "Great Balls of Fire!" (1989) and "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). He is also the father of singer Carla Thomas. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Family links: 
  Marvell Thomas (1941 - 2017)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart failure
New Park Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Jul 19, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6621620
Rufus Thomas
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