Canine singing sensation 'Rockin' Rusty' - the dog who took the world of music by storm following his recent successful appearance at the Knebworth Festival - has signed a ten million dollar contact with Virgin. His first single, 'Ain't No Fleas On Me, Babe' is due for release later this month.
The CD, his first since the much-vaunted 'Live At Battersea Dog's Home', features collaborations with Lassie, Muttley from 'Wacky Races' and Sooty and Sweep's Butch. "I've been out of the business for a couple of years", said the Darlington-based crooner, "but I felt it was time to record some tracks which have been in the can for quite a while. And I don't mean the can of Pedigree Chum!", he joked.
Dee Dixon, Rusty's owner and herself a singer with a rock band, said, "Rusty's been out of the business for a while, and I sensed that he was itching to get back on stage, so when I was playing at Darlington Arena recently I invited him up onstage and we went through the Elvis Presley number, 'Old Shep'. The response was fantastic! The audience threw bones on to the stage, and we couldn't get moved afterwards for reporters wanting to know when we'd be appearing next!"
Rumours abound of a national tour, but Dee is hesitant: "It's one thing having Rusty in the band, but with this Rock'N'Roll lifestyle he misses chasing tennis balls and sniffing lamp-posts; you just don't get time for those things on tour".
Details Of further Dixon/Rusty developments can be obtained from Ray Waller's website, 'The Dodgy Fire-Escape Entrance'.