Birth Name: Rufus Thomas, Jr.
Birth Place: Cayce, Mississippi, United States
Years Active: 1936-2001
Genres: R&B, Memphis Soul, Southern Soul, Blues, Funk
Rufus Thomas, Jr. (March 27, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was a rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the father of soul singer Carla Thomas and keyboard player Marvell Thomas. A third child, Vaneese, a former French teacher, has a recording studio in upstate New York and sings for television commercials.
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