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 Rufus Thomas, Jr

Rufus Thomas, Jr

Birth
Cayce, Marshall County, Mississippi, USA
Death 15 Dec 2001 (aged 84)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 6621620 · View Source
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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


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6621620
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rufus Thomas, Jr (26 Mar 1917–15 Dec 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6621620, citing New Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .