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Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas

Walking the Dog

The Platinum Collection
soul funk rhythm and blues stax walking the dog


Produced by Atlantic Records' chief engineer Tom Dowd at the Stax recording studio in Memphis. Dowd was sent by Atlantic Records boss Jerry Wexler to fix the Stax tape recorder, which was broken, halting production. Dowd immediately identified the problem, fixed it, and then stuck around over the weekend to record a session with Booker T. and the MGs, as well as "Walking the Dog." Dowd went on to make many return trips to Memphis to work with the Stax musicians, who loved working with him. There are over 30 known covers of this song!


Rufus Thomas (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was a rhythm and blues and soul singer from Memphis, Tennessee, United States, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the father of soul singer Carla Thomas (best known for the classic song "B-A-B-Y") and keyboard player Marvell Thomas. A third daughter, Vaneese, a former French teacher, for years had a recording studio in upstate New York where she sang for television commercials. Show more ...

Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas

Baby back, dressed in black
Silver buttons all down her back
High hose, tipsy toes
She broke the needle and she can't sew

Walking the dog
I'm just walking the dog
If you don't know how to do it
I'll show you how to walk a dog

Come on now, come on

I asked my mother for 15 cents
See an elephant jump the fence
It jumped so high, it touched the skies
Didn't get back 'til a quarter to 5

Tell me, Mary, what's your trip?
How does your garden grow?
What with silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row

Yeah...
Just walking

If you don't know how to do it
I'll show you how to walk a dog



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