It’s gonna be a funky good time on the next Vinyl Vault when we spin a few tunes from Rufus Thomas and his album “Crown Prince of Dance.” The album was released in 1973 on the iconic Stax Record Label. Recorded at the Stax studios in Memphis, the album features the crack Stax house band, the South Memphis Horns, and the Stax Pack.

Thomas (1917 – 2001) was an R&B, soul and funk singer from Memphis. Before landing on the Stax label, he recorded for Chess Records and Sun Records. Some of his biggest hits included “Walking the Dog” and “Do the Funky Chicken.” He was the father of soul and R&B singers Carla Thomas and Vanesse Thomas.

Many of Thomas’ tunes were about dances and “Crown Prince of Dance” has some of those including “The Funky Robot” and “The Funky Bird.” But on “I Wanna Sang,” Thomas insists he doesn’t want to dance, instead, he wants to sing!

Find out why Thomas proclaimed himself the “Funkiest Man Alive,” the next Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson, on Tuesday, June 25 at 8:30 p.m. on KUVO JAZZ.

Stay connected to KUVO’s programs and our community! Sign up for the Oasis E-News today!

Become a Member

Join the growing family of people who believe that music is essential to our community. Your donation supports the work we do, the programs you count on, and the events you enjoy.

Download the App

Download KUVO's FREE app today! The KUVO Public Radio App allows you to take KUVO's music and news with you anywhere, anytime!