Rufus Thomas Jr. (26 March 1917 – 15 December 2001) is probably best known as a STAX Records artist who is recorded STAX hits such as: “Walkin’ The Dog,” “Do The Funky Chicken,”
Rufus Thomas started his career with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, based in Port Gibson, Mississippi. After moving from Mississippi to Memphis he became an MC at the Palace Theatre on Beale Street in Memphis with Nat Williams, on the Palace Theatre Amateur Night.
Nat Williams was hired as a DJ by WDIA in 1949 and soon brought Rufus Thomas to WDIA. Thomas began hosting a 15 minute radio show called Sepia Swing Club but soon had a two hour show on WDIA called Hoot and Holler.