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Long before Eddie Murphy, Andrew Dice Clay, or Howard Stern raised the ire of censors and threatened the delicate sensibilities of mainstream American good taste, there was Redd Foxx, arguably the most notorious "blue" comic of his day. Prior to finding fame in the 1970s as the star of the popular sitcom Sanford and Son, Foxx found little but infamy throughout the first several decades of his performing career; salty and scatological, his material broke new ground with its point-blank riffs and brazen discussions of sex and color, and although his party albums were generally banned from white-owned record stores, the comedian's funky narrative style and raspy delivery proved highly influential on comic talents of all ethnic backgrounds. Foxx was born John Elroy Sanford in St. Louis on December 9, 1922. While still in his teens, he became a professional performer, working as both a comedian and actor on the so-called "chitlin circuit" of black theaters and nightclubs; he formulated his stage name by combining an old nickname, "Red" (given because of his ruddy complexion), with the surname of baseball's Jimmie Foxx. After cutting a handful of explicit blues records in the mid-'40s, beginning in 1951 he often teamed with fellow comic Slappy White, a partnership that lasted through 1955. Foxx was performing at Los Angeles' Club Oasis when a representative from the tiny Dooto label contacted him about cutting an album; the comedian agreed, and was paid $25 to record Laff of the Party, the first of over 50 albums of Foxx's racy anecdotes. An onslaught of Dooto releases followed, among them over half a dozen other Laff of the Party sets, The Sidesplitter, The New Race Track, Sly Sex, and New Fugg. His records were poorly distributed, and offered primarily in black neighborhoods; when they did appear in white record stores, they were sold under the counter. In the 1960s, Foxx signed to the MF label; his routines became even more explicit, as evidenced by titles like Laff Your Ass Off, Huffin' and a Puffin', I Am Curious Black, 3 or 4 Times a Day, and Mr. Hot Pants. After a brief tenure on King, he signed to Loma, a division of Frank Sinatra's Reprise imprint; with records like Foxx-A-Delic and 'Live' Las Vegas, he became one of the very first performers to use four-letter words on major-label releases. As the 1960s wore on and longstanding cultural barriers began to crumble, Foxx's audience expanded, and he made a number of television appearances. In 1970, he made his film debut in Ossie Davis' Cotton Comes to Harlem; when the film became a surprise hit, Foxx became a hot talent, and soon signed to star in Sanford and Son, a retooled sitcom version of the British television hit Steptoe and Son. The series, which starred Foxx as junk dealer Fred Sanford, premiered in 1972 and became a huge hit, running through 1977; he also continued recording, issuing You Gotta Wash Your Ass, a live set taped at the Apollo Theater, in 1976. The short-lived programs Sanford, The Redd Foxx Show, and The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour followed; additionally, he starred in the 1976 feature Norman, Is That You?, and became a Las Vegas headliner. By the early '80s, Foxx's career hit the skids; his difficult personality made him an unpopular commodity around Hollywood, and a number of divorces and ill-advised business decisions left him bankrupt. By the end of the decade, however, his influence on the new breed of African-American comedians was openly acknowledged, and in 1989 Eddie Murphy tapped him to co-star in his black-themed crime-noir film Harlem Nights. Although the film flopped, Foxx's career was renewed, and in 1991 he began work on a new sitcom, The Royal Family; tragically, he suffered a heart attack on the series' set and died on October 11, 1991. Still, even in death Foxx's name remained synonymous with off-color comments; on an episode of the hit show Seinfeld broadcast several years later, Jason Alexander's character George was chastised for the "curse toast" he delivered at a friend's wedding, prompting an exasperated Jerry to exclaim "You were like a Redd Foxx record up there!" ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Redd Foxx

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    11 songs

    On Air

    Burlesque Humor

    15 songs

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    Racy Tales

    2 songs

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    The Best Laff!

    2 songs

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    Racy Tales

    20 songs

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    Gettin' Down N' Dirty

    1 song

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    You Gotta Wash Your Ass

    19 songs

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    I Ain't Lied Yet!

    19 songs

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    I Ain't Lied Yet!

    8 songs

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    Laugh Your Jackasses off…..

    25 songs

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    Redd Foxx for President

    98 songs

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    Very Best of Redd Foxx: Fugg It!!

    13 songs

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    The Best of Redd Foxx [Capitol]

    20 songs

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    The Best of Redd Foxx [Truck Stop]

    37 songs

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    Uncensored

    1 song

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    Live & Dirty, Vol. 1

    1 song

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    Live & Dirty, Vol. 2

    12 songs

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    At Home

    12 songs

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    Doin' His Own Thing

    17 songs

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    Superstar

    26 songs

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    Restricted

    2 songs

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    Foxx-a-Delic

    8 songs

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    Live & Dirty, Vol. 3

    7 songs

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    Live & Dirty, Vol. 4

    7 songs

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    Live & Dirty, Vol. 5

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Top Songs by
Redd Foxx

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  2.   Shoe Shines, Virgins & Marriages
  3.   Gangsters
  4.   Questions
  5.   Doctor Stories
  6.   War Stories
  7.   [Untitled Track]
  8.   Tomorrow's Not Promised
  9.   Letter to a Wife
  10.   My Dick
  11.   Mother Frockers & Cork Soakers
  12.   My Dick II
  13.   No Shit Folks
  14.   Short Stuff
  15.   Confucius IV
  16.   Tawk
  17.   The Wrong Zipper
  18.   Toasts
  19.   You Gotta Wash Your Ass
  20.   Sex Life
  21.   The Horse Race
  22.   Black Brains
  23.   The New Fugg
  24.   Redd Foxx Blues
  25.   From the Bottom of My Heart
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Redd Foxx

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    Comedy [Explicit]

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    Urban Comedy [Explicit]


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