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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 489,098 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Rufus Thomas is the 1,487th most popular singer (down from 1,374th in 2019), the 7,883rd most popular biography from United States (down from 7,514th in 2019) and the 388th most popular American Singer.

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  • 490k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 44.52

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 18

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.58

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.23

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Rufus Thomas ranks 1,487 out of 3,528Before him are Conny Vandenbos, Raf,, Najwa Karam, Zemfira, and Christina Milian. After him are Billy Eckstine, Sally Yeh, Lio, Imany, Paulo de Carvalho, and Elisabeth Andreassen.

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Among people born in 1917, Rufus Thomas ranks 255Before him are Yahya Petra of Kelantan, Freddie Francis, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wenche Foss, Tadd Dameron, and Nils Täpp. After him are Ibrahim Shams, Carlo Cassola, Jo Stafford, Simon Slåttvik, Reidar Liaklev, and Arne Sucksdorff. Among people deceased in 2001, Rufus Thomas ranks 229Before him are Sergio Mantovani, Sachiko Hidari, Pavel Sadyrin, Villy Sørensen, Delia Derbyshire, and Margaretha Krook. After him are Giancarlo Brusati, Ibrahim Shams, Marita Petersen, Simon Slåttvik, Arne Sucksdorff, and Leonid Osyka.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Rufus Thomas ranks 7,883 out of 18,182Before him are Robert L. Forward (1932), Frank Robinson (1935), James Crafts (1839), Ty Hardin (1930), Christina Milian (1981), and Carol Kaye (1935). After him are David Ige (1957), Chanel Preston (1985), Lauren Shuler Donner (1949), Helen Ferguson (1901), Buck Angel (1962), and Jesse Metcalfe (1978).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Rufus Thomas ranks 388Before him are King Curtis (1934), Reba McEntire (1955), Toni Basil (1943), Wiz Khalifa (1987), Andra Day (1984), and Christina Milian (1981). After him are Billy Eckstine (1914), Randy Jones (1952), Charles Brown (1922), Lil Nas X (1999), Frederica von Stade (1945), and Jo Stafford (1917).