Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970- #60: “Do The Funky Chicken”- Rufus Thomas. February 7, 1970.
- Single: “Do The Funky Chicken”- Rufus Thomas
- Record Company- Stax
- Genre: Soul Funk
- Written by Rufus Thomas
- Time: 3:15
- B-side:” Turn Your Damper Down”
- Album- Do The Funky Chicken
- Grade: B
- Peaked at #28 spent 12 weeks in the Hot 100.
Rufus Thomas was a great entertainer in Memphis, Tennessee for a number of decades. He was a DJ from 1953-74, a singer-songwriter, choreographer and father of another star Carla Thomas. Rufus Thomas had 11 Hot 100 singles 4 making the Top 40 with his biggest hit being “Walking The Dog” #10 in 1963. Rufus was more of a personality than he was a singer.
Do The Funky Chicken was a song that started out as an improvised song in concert one evening that he developed further. On the recording the Bar-Key’s played back up. Reviewer Stewart Mason called “Do The Funky Chicken” the goofiest dance craze of the 1970’s.