Rufus Thomas

1917 - 2001

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Rufus C. Thomas, Jr. (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was an American rhythm-and-blues, funk, soul and blues singer, songwriter, dancer, DJ and comic entertainer from Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded for several labels, including Chess Records and Sun Records in the 1950s, before becoming established in the 1960s and 1970s at Stax Records. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rufus Thomas has received more than 435,671 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Rufus Thomas is the 1,377th most popular singer (down from 1,343rd in 2019), the 7,524th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,926th in 2019) and the 378th most popular American Singer.

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  • 440k

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  • 57.07

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  • 18

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  • 2.37

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  • 3.32

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Rufus Thomas ranks 1,377 out of 3,541Before him are Phil Mogg, Alma Gluck, Paul Day, Skeeter Davis, Hanne Krogh, and Sibel Can. After him are David Alexandre Winter, Silvi Vrait, Souad Massi, Agnes Obel, DMX, and Vic Damone.

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Among people born in 1917, Rufus Thomas ranks 232Before him are Tadd Dameron, Yahya Petra of Kelantan, Jo Stafford, Wenche Foss, Noboru Terada, and Helena Rasiowa. After him are Brenda Joyce, Charles Sibley, Tetsuo Hamuro, Ottorino Volonterio, Elyse Knox, and Amelia Piccinini. Among people deceased in 2001, Rufus Thomas ranks 210Before him are Simon Slåttvik, Christl Haas, Michael Dertouzos, Ashok Kumar, Sivaji Ganesan, and József Csermák. After him are Dale Earnhardt, Dipendra of Nepal, Larry Adler, Pavel Sadyrin, Pauline Kael, and Ann Sothern.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Rufus Thomas ranks 7,524 out of 15,968Before him are Ron Clements (1953), Nunnally Johnson (1897), Carl Foreman (1914), John Torrey (1796), David S. Goyer (1965), and Joe Bonamassa (1977). After him are Karol J. Bobko (1937), William J. Casey (1913), Shane West (1978), Robert Moses (1888), Eugene Pallette (1889), and Max Eastman (1883).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Rufus Thomas ranks 378Before him are Sonny Terry (1911), Thelma Houston (1946), Diane Warren (1956), Chris Connor (1927), Ronnie Spector (1943), and Skeeter Davis (1931). After him are DMX (1970), Vic Damone (1928), Emma Abbott (1850), Flo Rida (1979), Leroy Carr (1905), and Neal Morse (1960).