This day (December 15, 2001), in Memphis, Tennessee, died Rufus Thomas, an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian.
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.
Audio : Do The Funky Chicken . Walking The Dog . The Memphis Train . Bear Cat . Can Your Monkey Do The Dog . Jump Back . Sophisticated Sissy . The World Is Round . Can’t Ever Let You Go . Little Sally Walker .
Video : Live in Italy (1993) . w/ Blues Brothers Band – Walking the dog (1988) . Documentary (1973) . Funky Chicken (1973) . Jump Back .