rufus thomas jr.
bear cat / walkin' in the rain
jack white's third man records reissue classic 7" cuts from the legendary sun label, continuing with this primitive r'n'b smoker from 1953.
complete with the inimitable joe hill louis on guitar, the future ‘funky chicken’ thomas gives his male-perspective answer record to big mama thornton's 'hound dog'. in the process, the legal powers behind 'hound dog' writers jerry leiber & mike stoller won a lawsuit claiming 'bear cat' infringed on the duo's copyright. ever since the writing credits have been leiber/stoller, but what has not changed is the unbeatable groove that moves the song.