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August 20, 1972 — Mavis Staples & The Staple Singers at Wattstax, a concert organized by Memphis' Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Performers included: The Dramatics, Kim Weston, The Emotions, William Bell, The Bar-Kays, Albert King, Little Milton, Johnnie Taylor, Mel and Tim, Carla & Rufus Thomas, Luther Ingram, and Isaac Hayes. A 1973 documentary, Wattstax, is available on DVD.The soundtrack is also available on CD.

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Rufus Thomas, the “Crowned Prince of Dance” on Stax! Rufus of “The Breakdown,” “Memphis Train,” “Do the Push Pull,” “Can Your Monkey Do the Dog,” “Jump Back,” and “All Night Worker” fame. Father of Carla. Born in Mississippi. Born to DJ in Memphis. Passed on in 2001. “The world’s oldest teenager” killed them at the Wattstax concert with “The Funky Chicken”.

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