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Rufus Thomas (1917–2001)

Born on March 26, 1917, in Cayce, Mississippi, R&B and blues legend Rufus Thomas began his career in the 1930s as a comedian with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels. In the 1940s he was a DJ on Memphis' WDIA radio, one of the few black-owned stations of that time. His talent shows influenced the careers of such R&B greats as Ike Turner, Bobby Bland and B.B... See full bio »

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 2016 Mafia III (Video Game) (performer: "Walking the Dog") / (writer: "Walking the Dog")
 2016 War Dogs (performer: "Can Your Monkey Do The Dog") / (writer: "Can Your Monkey Do The Dog")
 2016 Elvis & Nixon (performer: "Push And Pull") / (writer: "Push And Pull")
  Castle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- Bad Santa (2014) ... (performer: "I'll Be Your Santa Baby" - uncredited) / (writer: "I'll Be Your Santa Baby" - uncredited)
 2014 Take Me to the River (Documentary) (performer: "Push And Pull") / (writer: "Push And Pull")
 2013 Flores Raras (performer: "Walking the Dog") / (writer: "Walking the Dog")
  Todd's Pop Song Reviews (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1976 (2011) ... (performer: "Do the Funky Chicken") / (writer: "Do the Funky Chicken")
 2011 I Melt with You (writer: "Do The Dog")
 2010 The Runway (writer: "Walking The Dog" - as Rufus Thomas Jr.)
 2009 Welcome to the 80's (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Postpunk und Neue Deutsche Welle (2009) ... (writer: "Do The Dog")
 2009 Glastonbury 2009 (TV Series) (writer: "Do the Dog")
 2008 Soul Men (writer: "Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down)") / (writer: "The Memphis Train" - as Rufus Thomas Jr.)
  True Blood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Plaisir d'amour (2008) ... (performer: "Walking the Dog" - uncredited) / (writer: "Walking the Dog" - uncredited)
 2007 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Documentary) (performer: "The Memphis Train")
 2006 This Is England (writer: "Do The Dog")
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) (writer: "Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn" - uncredited)
  7th Heaven (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Stand Up (2003) ... (performer: "Walking The Dog" - uncredited) / (writer: "Walking The Dog" - uncredited)
 2002 All About the Benjamins (writer: "The Breakdown")
 2002 Only the Strong Survive (Documentary) (performer: "Walking the Dog", "(Night Time Is) The Right Time") / (writer: "Walking the Dog")
 2001 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2001) ... (performer: "Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)" - as Rufus 'Hound Dog' Thomas Jr.)
 2001 Scratch (Documentary) (performer: "The Itch & Scratch Part 2")
 2001 Stickmen (performer: "Push and Pull Part One") / (writer: "Push and Pull Part One")
 1999 The Sopranos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pax Soprana (1999) ... (performer: "Willy Nilly")
 1998 All I Wanna Do (performer: "Walkin' the Dog") / (writer: "Walkin' the Dog")
 1997 Keys to Tulsa (writer: "Walkin' the Dog")
 1995 All Men Are Liars (writer: "Walkin' the Dog")
 1994 Little Big League (writer: "PHILLY DOG")
 1993 Coitado do Jorge ("I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU")
 1992 The Cutting Edge (writer: "Walking the Dog")
  Reasonable Doubts (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1991) (writer - 1 episode, 1991)
- Hard Bargains (1991) ... (performer: "Walking the Dog" - uncredited) / (writer: "Walking the Dog" - uncredited)
  The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1990) (writer - 1 episode, 1990)
- The Powers That Be (1990) ... (performer: "Walkin' the Dog" - uncredited) / (writer: "Walkin' the Dog" - uncredited)
 1989 Mystery Train (performer: "The Memphis Train") / (writer: "The Memphis Train")
 1984 Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll (1984) ... (writer: "Walking the Dog")
 1983 Emu's World (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.4 (1983) ... (writer: "Walking the Dog" - uncredited)
 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (lyrics: "DO THE DOG") / (music: "DO THE DOG")
 1981 The Fan (writer: "DO THE DOG")
 1973 Wattstax (Documentary) (performer: "Breakdown", "Funky Chicken") / (writer: "Breakdown", "Funky Chicken")
 1971 Soul Train (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chairmen of the Board/Rufus Thomas/Laura Lee (1971) ... (performer: "(Do the) Push and Pull", "Do the Funky Chicken", "The World is Round")
 1966 The Go!! Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.97 (1966) ... (writer: "Walking the Dog")
 1964-1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #1.46 (1965) ... (writer: "Walkin' the Dog")
- Episode #1.40 (1965) ... (writer: "Little Sally Walker")
- Episode #1.35 (1965) ... (writer: "Walking the Dog")
- Episode #1.11 (1964) ... (writer: "Jump Back")
- Episode #1.6 (1964) ... (writer: "Jump Back")
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Single: "Who's Makin' Love To Your Old Lady" / "Hot Grits" (AVI Records) See more »

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