EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #60: “DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN”- RUFUS THOMAS

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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.

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