Born in Bossier City, Louisiana Rufus Wonder, lived with his father Rufus Harris, and mother Louise [Breckenridge] Harris, until he was three months old. Rufus, was born Arthur Lee Harris, or Mathew Breckenridge, depending on what side of the family you were on!
I used Arthur Lee Harris, until I was 14, years old.
Until I got my birth records didn’t anyone know that my other great aunt had put my mother’s maiden name on my birth records,saying my father was unknown.
I have been around my father all my life, I just didn’t live with him and my mother all the time.
After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt high school in, Fresno, California He named himself Rufus using his father’s first name, and Wonder, after a ski shop in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father: Rufus Harris, is now deceased, he was born in 1909, he passed in 1986, in Los Angeles, CA.
His mother before she passed, went by the name of Louise Meyers, she was born 09/11/1917, after moving from Los Angeles, CA she lived in Oakland, California she is also now deceased, she passed in 2012.
His great uncle and aunt, Henry and Mary Booker, adopted him at the age of 3 months old. They lived in Benton, Louisiana until Rufus’s great uncle Henry Booker, passed when Rufus, was at the age of 10 years old.
Rufus and his great aunt Mary Booker, moved to Oakland, California when he was at the age of 12, she passed in 1985.
They lived in Oakland for a short period of time, then they moved to Fresno, California. Where his oldest Great uncle and aunt, Rallie and Lillie Mae Smith, bought a house where Rufus, and his great aunt Mary Booker, lived, when he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt high school.
In high school, Rufus, sang in the senior choir, and was a high jumper on the varsity track team. He performed in the West Coast Relays, the California Invitationals, he was also in the high school Cadets. Rufus attended Edison Junior & Senior High school in Fresno, before transferring to Theodore Roosevelt high.
Rufus joined the Army Reserves when he was in the eleventh grade. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt high school, Rufus moved to Los Angeles, where he lived and worked for six months before he decided to transfer from the US Army reserves to go active duty in to the US Navy.
In the Navy Rufus, formed a singing group called the Blenders. The members of the group were Aaron Fusilier, Vernon Mallett, Willie Davis, and Mathew R. Breckenridge (aka Rufus Wonder).
The Blenders performed in the special services in the military. They performed Overseas, in Japan in places like Yokuska, Okinawa. In Tai Pae, Keylong, Fomosa, and in different places around in the South Pacific also in the Bekini Atolls, where they performed for the Atomic Energy Commission, where there were Admirals, Generals, and the president of the United States were present.
There were about 1,000 ships to 150,000, civilian and military personnel in the area.
In Hawaii: At Pearl Harbor, in Honolulu, and on many ships especially on the Bedoing Straite Aircraft carrier CVE 116, where Rufus and a friend had a 15 minute television show once a week aboard ship that they televised to other ships at sea.
After the military, he joined another group called “The Ripps”, members were Leonard Dykes, Al Sheppard, Bill Norris, and Mathew R. Breckenridge (aka Rufus Wonder). Bill Norris, was also an excellent drummer, producer and vocalist. He was a member of the “Earl Grant’s team” at that time.
We performed at many clubs around Los Angeles in the Hollywood circuit, until the group dismantled. Rufus decided to move to San Francisco, where he performed in many nightclubs around the San Francisco bay area. At about 6:30 AM, one Saturday morning Rufus Wonder, was performing on stage at Club 47, and after hours club on Mason street in San Francisco, singing Little Willie John’s song, “Fever” when all of a sudden, Little Willie John, walked through the door. Little Willie John, came over to Rufus and shook his hand and thank him for singing his song.
When Rufus left San Francisco, for Chicago, he worked the club circuit there in Chicago for awhile, then on to Detroit, Michigan where he recorded his first  single, “Under The Moon”, and “So Upset”. Which is now a Northern Soul Classic around the world. Thanks to Kev Roberts in the UK. and all of the British of the Northern Soul Fever. Where the British are keeping Soul , and R&B music alive around the world where a lot of artist and some people in the USA have forgotten about their own music. Until the British came on tour for the Soul Trip USA in Los Angeles / Hollywood/Las Vegas 2004, New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia, 2006, Chicago/Detroit, 2009, and the Soul Trip re-union in ORLANDO, Florida Spring 2011.
This have brought a lot of artist that had stop performing, and recording back to the fold.
Now a lot of artist and entertainers are recording as Independent artist forming their own record labels, and now staying active doing their own thing.
R&B Soul Singer’ Rufus Wonder::: Has performed with many well known artist, around the United States, and abroad.
He wrote “Under the Moon”, and “So Upset” before signing with Lando records. Rufus, recorded as Rufus Wonder & the Additions on the Lando Record Label in Detroit. The members of the group were Horace Parker, Lionel Brown, Carl Johnson, and Kenneth Wright. The group changed their names from the Editions, to the Additions, after hooking up with Rufus Wonder. It was here that Rufus Wonder was signed, and recorded by the famous, child star, Frank I. [Sugar Chile] Robinson, and Clifton Dickerson, the owners of Lando records, and Autocap Publishing.
Sugar Chile Robinson
Frank Isaac Robinson (born 28 December 1938), known in his early career as a musician as Sugar Chile Robinson, is an American blues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer, and later psychologist, whose career began as a child prodigy.
Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan. At an early age he showed unusual gifts singing the blues and accompanying himself on the piano. He won a talent show at the Paradise Theatre in Detroit at the age of three, and in 1945 played guest spots at the theatre with Lionel Hampton, who was prevented by child protection legislation from taking him on tour with him. However, he performed on radio with Hampton and Harry “The Hipster” Gibson, and also appeared as himself in the Hollywood film No Leave, No Love, starring Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn. In 1946, he played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House, shouting out “How’m I Doin’, Mr. President?” – which became his catchphrase – during his performance of “Caledonia”. He began touring major theatres, setting box office records in Detroit and California. In 1949 he was given special permission to join the American Federation of Musicians and record, his first releases on Capitol Records, “Numbers Boogie” and “Caldonia”, both reaching the Billboard R&B chart. In 1950, he toured and appeared on television with Count Basie, and appeared in a short film ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet. The following year, he toured the UK, appearing at the London Palladium. He stopped recording in 1952, later explaining: “I wanted to go to school… I wanted some school background in me and I asked my Dad if I could stop, and I went to school because I honestly wanted my college diploma.”
Until 1956 he continued to make occasional appearances as a jazz musician, billed as Frank Robinson, and performed on one occasion with Gerry Mulligan, but then gave up his musical career entirely. Continuing his academic studies, he earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. In the 1960s, he worked and sold advertisement for Chuck Johnson, for Soul Beat on WGPR-TV Detroit, and also helped set up small record labels in Detroit and opened a recording studio. [Lando] In recent years he has made a comeback as a musician with the help of the American Music Research Foundation. In 2002, he appeared at a special concert celebrating Detroit music, and in 2007 he traveled to Britain to appear at a rock and roll weekend festival.
I am also now back in touch with Mr. Frank I [Sugar Chile] Robinson who still lives in Detroit, Michigan.
At that time, Rufus Wonder’s personal manager was the famous Organist Mr. Herman Davis of Detroit, Michigan, who also played with Ernie Freeman.
Rufus, has performed onstage with such artists as, Bay area Rapper Keldamuzik of Diva TV, Rapper Shavone Pickett, Rapper President L. Davis, Rapper D’ Labre, Rapper and Spoken Word Artist’ Keith Thompson, Spoken Word Artist’ Paradise, And Interview on the Oakland Is., TV Show own by Jimmy Guy, with Vocalist’ Ronda, Benin, The Sounds Of Urban Life Soldiers,
The “Fabulous Counts”, “Little Milton”, the famous dancers “Oscar Hucklebee”, & “Caldonia Young”, Ed Henry,
Steve Mancha, “100 Proof Aged in Soul”, “The DuKays”, ”The Dells”, “James [Zeek] Brown”, who formerly sang with the Calvays, Accents, and the Blenders., “The Redd Saunders Band in Chicago”, “Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds”, Dennis Edwards, “Carl Carlton, also was known as “Little Carl Carlton”,
“Sugar Pie Desanto”, “The Mar Keys”, William Bell, “The Temptations”, Billy Preston, Betty Everette, Alberta Adams, Christine Katrell, “the O’ town Passions”,
“the Cleveland Jones Temptation Revue”, “Danny A. Thomas, a former member of Con Funk Shun Stardom., “Just Rick, who was the former base singer for The Exclusives, The Elusives, the Tint of Darkness, The Boys on The Block, and The O’Town Passions. Rufus have shared the stage with “Lee Williams”, “God’s New Creations”, “The Oakland Heirs”, “Joe Williams”, and “Inez Jones”, The famous actress, “Colostine
[Kuki] Boatwright” who is in the movie Cooley High, and “Cynthia Joy” , actress & model from Great Neck, New York, to name a few.
He has been booked through , Rodgers & Rodgers theatrical Enterprises out of Detroit, Michigan, The Jimmy Daniel’s Revue, of the Shaw artist agency, out of New York, Dale Warren Agency, out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The little theater group, which was run by Mr. Mosley, and Mr. Adams of the Negro Charities of America out of Chicago, Illinois, whose first names is unknown.
Rufus Wonder has worked with famous Photographers and Productions people, such as…
Ray Mc Cullough, MC Collins, and Walter Jenkins. Ray Mc Cullough, and Walter Jenkins, of Round About L A, TV shows, Video unlimited productions, and AAMEN TV Los Angeles. Where He worked as second cameraman, also lay-out & design artist for The L A TV Journal, which was owned by Ray Mc Cullough.
Also MC Collins, Photographer, Lighting Tech., Video, DVD producer, and Actor.
The inventor of the, African American Time Piece Watch, and Lighting Tech for the Hollywood’s Motion Picture Studios, such as Universal, Paramount, MGM, 20Centurey Fox, and Etc.
I’ve done similar work with M C Collins, with designs and photography.
Rufus Wonder, was a magazine distributor for the Music Connections Magazine, Editor & publishers: Michael Dolan & Eric Bateli, out of Hollywood. The Happenings magazine Editor & publisher, Dr. Lee of the Sacramento Observer Newspaper, out of Sacramento, CA.
Rufus, was the sole distributor for the Happenings magazine in the Southern California area. The Happenings magazine, office was located across the street from the Grauman’s Chinese theater, in the Max Factor building in Hollywood, where the famous writer Suzanne Vickstrom was the Hollywood editor.
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Rufus was also the distributor for Black Hollywood magazine Editor & publisher, Miss Sonya Dunson in Hollywood. Miss Sonya Dunson, was the winner of the Miss Michigan Universe pageant, in the seventies.
I slowed down and relaxed myself from the entertainment business, for awhile. I went back to school. I studied at Los Angeles City, Los Angeles Trade Tech, Laney, and Alameda colleges. I studied music, the graphic arts, also economics, and business Law. I worked in my own printing business for a number of Years Business Card World, Utmost Graphics, and Muntu Sauce Productions.
My vocal, and musical instructors was Lucy Kinchen and Ed Kelly, of Laney College in Oakland, California. Also, Razz Kennedy of Razz Kennedy Productions in San Francisco, California.
Mr. Ralph Carlson was my graphic artist instructor, at Los Angeles Trade Tech College.
Now I am back in the entertainment business, I have started my own Publishing, and Record Label call, Oh! O’Star Records, & LACAILMI Publishing, also [RWE] Rufus Wonder Entertainment, BMI.
My Classic Originals: ”Under The Moon”, and “So Upset”.
I have several albums out now…
“Tell Me So”, “The Radiant One”, “Stitched To Your Hip”, and “Rufus Wonder, Sings Oldies But Goodies Cover & Originals”.
Famous Clubs, and places where I have performed:
The 20 Grand, Phelps Lounge, Mr. Kelly’s, Bens Peter Pan, & Ben’s High Chaparrals, The Local 212 for the Brewster Old Timers, Detroit, Michigan, The Motor City Employees Club, Flint, Michigan, The Shadowland Ballroom, Benton Harbor, Saint Joseph, Michigan. The Pinwheel Lounge, Continental Lounge The El Patio, Cleveland, Ohio. The Fort Wayne Auditorium, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, The Muncie National Guard Armory, Muncie, Indiana. The Fort Wayne Auditorium Fort Wayne, Indiana The Decatur Hotel, Decatur, Illinois
The C & C Lounge, The Roberts Show Lounge, The Rum Boogie, The Trianon Ballroom, The pre-Game show for the Chicago White Sox Baseball Game, Chicago, Illinois. The Moberly Auditorium, Moberly, Missouri, The Boonville Lounge, Boonville, Missouri. The St. Francis Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Tail Spin, Hollywood, The California
Club, The Oasis, The Total Experience, Mr. Woodleys, The Proud Bird, The Page 4, The Cover Girl Lounge, Marla Gibbs Memory Lane, UCLA Music Center, The Name of the Game Jr., Disco 9000, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
The Showcase, Oakland, California
Bluesville, Oakland, California
Kimbals Corner, Oakland, California
The First Stop, Oakland, California
Jeffery’s, Oakland, California
The California Ballroom, Oakland, California
The Continental Lounge, Oakland, California
The Sir Francis Drake, Ann’s 4’40 The Streets of Paris, Grant Green, the On Broadway, The Ghetto Lounge, The Rickshaw,
Basin Street West, San Francisco, California.
Club 181, San Francisco