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Rufus Thomas Live In Porretta

Rufus Thomas

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Album Review

The Crown Prince of Memphis Soul, a.k.a., the Oldest Living Teenager, Rufus Thomas clowns, jokes, brags, and dances while singing five lengthy numbers. Rufus penned three songs including the hits "Walking The Dog," and the 17 minute long "Do The Funky Chicken," a third "Big Fine Hunk Of A Woman," is a blues set off by a comedic rap. He turns Merle Haggard's classic "Today I Started Loving You Again," into a nearly 19 minute tour-de-force. And goes deep soul on "Somebody's Got To Go." If you never saw Rufus in-person, then this remastered live taping is a good introduction to one of America's most beloved soul artists.

Biography

Born: 26 March 1917 in Cayce, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few of rock & roll's founding figures are as likable as Rufus Thomas. From the 1940s onward, he has personified Memphis music; his small but witty cameo role in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train, a film which satirizes and enshrines the city's role in popular culture, was entirely appropriate. As a recording artist, he wasn't a major innovator, but he could always be depended upon for some good, silly, and/or outrageous fun with his soul dance tunes. He was one of the few rock...
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