Rufus Thomas

Walking the Dog by Rufus Thomas

Walking The Dog – London, 1963

The Dog

Can Your Monkey Do The Dog – 1964

Somebody Stole My Dog


Did You Ever Love A Woman 

Jump Back – Atlantic 1964

Willy Nilly – Atlantic 1966

Greasy Spoon – Stax 1967

Down Ta My House 

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 (covered by The Stones) – 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

Rufus Thomas – Wikipedia