Sunday, December 29, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Lou Rawls

Artist:Lou Rawls
Song:You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Album:The Very Best Of Lou Rawls: You'll Never Find Another

Frank Sinatra once said that Lou Rawls has "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game". That says it all. Rawls started out in gospel and after some success in the 60s, he had his biggest hit with You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine in 1976. He was born Dec. 1, 1933 in Chicago. He was raised by his grandmother and grew up singing in church. in 1951, Rawls replaced Sam Cooke in the Highway QCs when Cooke left to join The Soul Stirrers. Then Rawls moved to Los Angeles to join The Pilgrim Travelers. After a three year stint in the US Army, Rawls rejoined The Pilgrim Travelers in 1958. After a serious car crash, Rawls was in a coma for five days. But he did recover and signed with Capitol Records in 1962. He recorded jazz at first. In 1966, he recorded the album Soulin' and Love Is A Hurtin' Thing was his first number one R & B hit. He left Capitol for MGM in 1971 and hit the pop top twenty in 1971 with Natural Man. Rawls also recorded for Bell and Polydor before signing with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and their label Philadelphia International. Their magic touch gave him his biggest hit You'll Never Find Another Love Like mine which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's Rawls biggest hit and you can get all of his hits on this comp. Rawls recorded for Gamble and Huff until he left for Blue Note in 1989. Those were more jazz oriented and served to complement his live performances. Rawls was the long time spokesman for the annual United Negro College Fund telethon. And with that deep voice, he did a lot of voice over work. And he was the host of BET's Jazz Central. Lou Rawls died of cancer on Jan. 6, 2006 at age 72. Here's Lou Rawls performing You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine on The Midnight Special 1976.

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