Five On Friday - Rufus Thomas

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, July 15, 2011

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Detroit had Motown...Memphis had Stax. Depending upon who you talk with, they will favor one or the other. The sounds were different but each was distinct to the label.

For Stax, one of their big successes was the great Rufus Thomas, an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s.

Born a sharecropper's son in the rural community of Cayce, Mississippi, Thomas moved to Memphis with his family at age 2.

The prime of Rufus' recording career came in the 1960s and early 1970s, when he was on the roster of Memphis label, Stax, having one of the first hit sides at the historic soul and blues label, "Walking the Dog", (#5 R&B, #10 Pop) in 1963. Rufus is thus the first, and still the only, father to debut in the Hot 100's top 10 after his daughter debuted there. Rufus' daughter Carla also reached #10, with "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" on 27 March 1961.

At Stax, Rufus recorded songs when he had something to record. He was often backed by Booker T. and the MG's or the Bar-Kays.

So, sit back and enjoy some Rufus Thomas and have a GRAND WEEKEND!

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3 Of Your Sparks

  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Of all the things I thought I might have had for breakfast, I did not think I would have "Funky Hot Grits"!!

    But they tasted great.

  3. Lisa Says:
  4. I can't listen to these from work, but I am totally coming back to listen to "Funky Hot Grits". Hysterical.

    Happy Friday.

  5. Travis Cody Says:
  6. This is the kind of music I never got much exposure to as a kid. Thanks for the introduction.


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