Rufus Thomas

Genres: Blues Funk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

26 March 1917, Cayce, Mississippi, USA, d. 15 December 2001, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A singer, dancer and entertainer, Thomas learned his trade as a member of the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, a vaudeville-inspired touring group. By the late 40s he was performing in several Memphis nightclubs and organizing local talent shows. B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Junior Parker were discovered in this way. When King’s career subsequently blossomed, Thomas replaced him as a disc jockey at the black-owned radio station WDIA and remained there until 1974, fronting the influential shows House Of Happiness and Special Delivery and acting as a mentor to many of the city’s blues, soul and rock musicians.

Thomas began recording in the early 40s, and several releases appeared on Star Talent, Chess Records and Meteor before ‘Bear Cat’ became a Top 3 US R&B hit. An answer to Big Mama Thornton’s ‘Hound Dog’, it was released on Sun...

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