Walking The Dog – London, 1963
Can Your Monkey Do The Dog – 1964
Jump Back – Atlantic 1964
Willy Nilly – Atlantic 1966
Greasy Spoon – Stax 1967
The Memphis Train – Stax
When You Move You Lose – Stax ( duet with his Daughter Carla)
Rufus Thomas – Mr Memphis Music. The longest serving DJ in the world and the man who invented the The Dog and Walking The Dog – dance styles; but before that he did the Bad Cat at SUN and recorded a version of Hound Dog. However Lieber & Stoller sued Sam Phillips of Sun Records and Rufus left soon after!
Rufus Thomas with daughter Carla. Their song “When You Move You Lose” was an absolute SMASH at the Twisted Wheel and later at The Blue Note.
He went to Satellite records (which eventually became Stax) and did a duet Cause I Love You with his daughter Carla in 1959.
All the tracks listed above were played at Manchester‘s Twisted Wheel with Willy Nilly probably the biggest and best favourite at the All-nighters at the club.
Born 26th March 1917 – Cayce, Mississippi
Died 15th December 2001 – Memphis, Tennessee
Wikipedia: Rufus Thomas