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Blues singer Rufus Thomas has died at the age of 84

Blues singer Rufus Thomas has died at the age of 84. Wel play back several songs and an interview from the 1997 Chicago Blues Festival. Thomas was best known for novelty dance tunes like Walking the Dog and Do the Funky Chicken. In 1953 Thomas recorded Bear Cat, the answer to Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog. It became Sun Recordsfirst hit. In the sixties, Thomas became one of the founding performers for Stax Records.




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Other segments from the episode on December 17, 2001

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 17, 2001: Interview with Will Smith; Obituary for Rufus Thomas.


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