“Do The Funky Chicken” Performed by Rufus Thomas (1970)

September 2, 2010


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Earlier this summer Philadephia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the sixties dance craze  “The Twist.”  The Twist  was a worldwide phenomenon that was danced by young, old and in between!

With that in mind there is a new month on the calendar and a new musical post theme here at OSML  …  “Dance To The Music”  with the operative word being DANCE!

There were so many dances in the sixties and very early seventies other than the Twist, and I am not sure which came first, the dances or the songs (LOL). But we shall take a look at some of these awesome hit tunes honoring the dances of the boomer era during the month of September here at OSML.

I shall begin with another Stax artist that was beloved by one and all —   Mr. Rufus Thomas.

Thomas began creating his own dances and songs in 1963 with “Walking The Dog.” He also made up dances and songs for: “The Breakdown”,  “The Push & Pull”, “The Funky Penguin” and my favorite to watch  performed “The Funky Chicken”.

I bet Mr. Thomas  was quite a hoot in person and that his daughter Carla has super fond memories of this composer , musician, and performer that she was lucky enough to call Dad.

Prior to being the Crown Prince of Rock & Soul,  Thomas was a successful Memphis DJ at one of the few black-owned stations of the era.

Here is a partial video of Thomas performing “Do The Funky Chicken” on a TV program. It is followed by a complete live performance of the song. Enjoy dancing to the music.

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry September 10, 2010 at 4:44 am

The Breakdown is my song!! the first time ive ever saw it was on Soul Train!

This Clip:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsD_TaNvm9s the girl in the pink was gettin it in!

And then i saw him perform it in Wattstax…i officially loved him after that!

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