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Rufus Thomas
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Vocalist
    (March 27, 1917-December 15, 2001)
    Born in Cayce, Mississippi
    Recorded the songs 'Bear Cat (The Answer to Hound Dog)' (1953), 'The Dog' (1963), 'Walking the Dog' (1963), 'Can Your Monkey Do the Dog?' (1964), 'Jump Back' (1964), 'Do the Funky Chicken' (1969), 'Do the Push and Pull' (1970), 'The Breakdown' (1971) and 'Do the Funky Penguin' (1971)
    Appeared in the film 'Mystery Train' (1989)
    Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame (2001)
    He started performing in minstrel shows.
    He recorded love duets with his daughter.
    Like Dick Clark, he billed himself as 'The World's Oldest Teenager.'
    Most of his hits were recorded to start or cash in on dance crazes.
    He fired Jimi Hendrix from his band, saying 'Send him home. I can't use a guitar player who plays like that.'
    He discovered B. B. King at a Memphis talent show.
    He was the first black deejay to play Elvis Presley records.
    He recorded his first #1 R&B hit at age 54.
    He calmed an unruly crowd at the Wattstax festival (1972), getting 40,000 people to flap their arms to 'The Funky Chicken.'
    He performed at the Atlanta Olympics (1996).

Credit: C. Fishel


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