Rufus Thomas – Funky Rufus

This day (December 15, 2001), in Memphis, Tennessee, died Rufus Thomas, an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian.

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Wikipedia : This day (December 15, 2001), in Memphis, Tennessee, died Rufus Thomas, an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian.

@Segue Records : In 1947, Memphis radio station WDIA emerged as the first black-operated station in the country, and Rufus soon became one of the station’s most popular disc jockeys. His 2-hour nighttime show, Hoot and Holler premiered music icons such as Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Roscoe Gordon and Junior Parker.

@allmusic : From the 1940s onward, he has personified Memphis music; his small but witty cameo role in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, a film which satirizes and enshrines the city’s role in popular culture, was entirely appropriate.

@last.fm : In 1953, Rufus recorded the single, Bear Cat for the Memphis Recording Studio, later to be known as Sun Records. An answer song to Big Mama Thornton’s then-popular record, Hound Dog, it became the first national hit for the small record label.

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