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Encyclopedia > Lou Rawls
Lou Rawls
Lou Rawls
Born December 1, 1933
Flag of United States Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died January 6, 2006
Flag of United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Singer

Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933January 6, 2006[1]) was a Chicago-born American soul music, jazz, and blues singer. Known for his smooth vocal style, Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game."[1] Rawls released more than 70 albums, sold more than 40 million records, appeared as an actor in motion pictures and on television, and voiced-over many cartoons. He had been called "The Funkiest Man Alive". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days (360 in leap years) remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days (360 in leap years) remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ...

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Career

Rawls who learned of gospel music through his grandmother in Chicago was a hugely successful singer, primarily from the 1950's through the 1980's.[1]


Rawls was a high school classmate of music giant Sam Cooke, and they sang together in the Teenage Kings of Harmony, a 50s gospel group. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


After Rawls graduated from Chicago's Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, Rawls enlisted in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He left the "All-Americans" three years later as a Sergeant, and hooked up with The Pilgrim Travelers as he traveled to Los Angeles. In 1958, while touring the South with the Travelers and Sam Cooke, Rawls was in a serious car crash. Rawls was actually pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital, where he stayed in a coma for five and a half days. It took him months to regain his memory, and a year to fully recuperate. Rawls considered the event to be life-changing. The 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army was constituted in the National Army as the 82nd Division on August 5, 1917, and was organized on August 25, 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


In 1959, Rawls, along with Dick Clark as master of ceremonies, performed at the Hollywood Bowl. Rawls was signed to Capitol Records in 1962, the same year he sang the soulful background vocals on the Sam Cooke recording of "Bring it on Home to Me." For other persons named Dick Clark, see Dick Clark (disambiguation). ... Hollywood Bowl opening night 2005. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bring It On Home to Me is a 1961 song written and originally released by R&B singer-songwriter Jake Morrison. ...


Rawls' first Capitol solo release was Stormy Monday (a.k.a. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water), a jazz album. On August 21, 1966, Rawls opened for The Beatles at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... Image:Http://www. ...


Though his 1966 album Live! went gold, Rawls wouldn't have a star-making hit until he made a proper soul album, appropriately named Soulin', later that same year. The album contained his first R&B #1 single, "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing". 1967 saw Rawls win his first Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance. It was entitled "Dead End Street". Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


After leaving Capitol in 1971, Rawls joined MGM, at which juncture he released his Grammy-winning single "Natural Man." In 1976, Rawls had his greatest album success with the million-selling All Things in Time. The album produced his most successful single, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", which topped the R&B charts and went to number two on the pop side. Subsequent albums, such as 1977's When You've Heard Lou, You've Heard It All yielded such hit singles as "Lady Love". Other releases in the 1970s included the classic album Sit Down And Talk To Me. In 1982, Rawls received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Youll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff) was a song performed by R&B singer Lou Rawls for his All Things in Time album in 1976. ... Lady Love was the highest-ranking single cut from Lou Rawlss 1977 album When Youve Heard Lou, Youve Heard It All. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A band plays on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


According to an Associated Press article, dated December 19, 2005, Rawls tried to annul his two-year marriage to Nina Malek Inman Rawls in order to "protect hundreds of thousands of dollars" that his wife "absconded" with. Mrs. Rawls, who acted as his manager for two years, explained that she transferred nearly US$350,000 of his into an account she solely controlled in order to prevent one of Rawls' daughters from seizing it. The couple had a son together, Aiden Allen Rawls. December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In December 2005, it was announced that Rawls was being treated for lung and brain cancer. Rawls died on January 6, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications of the cancers, with his wife at his side. Besides his wife and youngest son, he leaves behind two adult daughters - Louanna Rawls and Kendra Smith, and an adult son, Lou Rawls, Jr. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... A brain tumor is any mass created by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells either found in the brain (neurons, glial cells, epithelial cells, myelin producing cells, etc. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days (360 in leap years) remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a world-renowned hospital located in Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


The Star Spangled Banner

On the night of September 29, 1977, Rawls performed the National Anthem prior to the Earnie Shavers-Muhammad Ali title fight at Madison Square Garden. He would go on to be requested to sing the Anthem over the next 35 years, and his final performance of it was on October 23, 2005. The crowd at the performance may not have known that he was extremely ill with cancer because he reportedly delivered an electrifying performance to kick off Game Two of the 2005 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros.


Honors and charity work

In 1980, Rawls began the "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon" which benefits the United Negro College Fund. The annual event, known since 1998 as "An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence", consists of stories of successful African-American students who have benefitted from and/or graduated from one of the many historically black colleges and universities who receive support from the UNCF, along with musical performances from various recording artists in support of the UNCF's and Rawls' efforts. The event has raised over US$200 million in 27 shows for the fund through 2006. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... United Negro College Fund logo The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is a Fairfax, Virginia-based American philanthropic organization that fundraises college tuition money for African- American students and general scholarship funds for 39 historically black colleges and universities. ... In the United States, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ...


In January 2004, Rawls was honored by the United Negro College Fund for his more than 25 years of charity work with the organization. Instead of hosting and performing as he usually did, Rawls was given the seat of honor and celebrated by his performing colleagues, including Stevie Wonder, The O'Jays, Gerald Levert, Ashanti, and many others. His final television performance occurred during a the 2005-2006 edition of the telethon, honoring Stevie Wonder in September 2005, just months before entering the hospital and after having been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. This program, aired in January, 2006, contains his final public television performance, covering two songs, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and a final ode to Frank Sinatra with, "It Was A Very Good Year." shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... The OJays are a popular Philadelphia soul group, originally consisting of Walter Williams, Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, William Powell and Eddie Levert. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Ashanti (born Ashanti Shequoyia Douglas on October 13, 1980), is an American, multi-platinum, Grammy winning, R&B singer/songwriter, actress, producer, and author who rose to fame during the early 2000s. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At the time of Rawls' death, news and UNCF figures noted the significance of Rawls' final performance, "It Was a Very Good Year." The song is a retrospecitve of one's life and its lyrics include, "When I was seventeen, it was a very good year. It was a very good year for small town girls and soft summer nights...And now those days grow short, it is the autumn of years, and now I think about life as vintage wine from fine old kegs, from the brim to the dregs, it pours sweet and clear, it was a very good year."


Acting career

Rawls appeared in a segment of the first season of Sesame Street, to sing the alphabet. He dismissed the concept of using cue cards for the performance, but reversed such decision when he forgot the order of the letters.[2] Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ...


Throughout Rawls' singing career, he had the opportunity to appear in many films, television shows, and commercials. He can be seen in such films as Leaving Las Vegas, Blues Brothers 2000, and Angel, Angel, Down We Go. He had a supporting role in the Baywatch spin-off, Baywatch Nights. Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film about a relationship between a suicidal alcoholic and a prostitute from Las Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, respectively. ... Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 musical/comedy film and sequel to the highly successful 1980 film The Blues Brothers. ... Baywatch was a popular American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ... Baywatch Nights was a spin-off from the popular television series, Baywatch. ...


Rawls lent his rich baritone voice to many cartoons, including Hey Arnold, Garfield, and The Proud Family Hey Arnold! is a Nickelodeon cartoon first aired in autumn 1996. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The Proud Family is an American animated television series geared towards pre-teens and teenagers. ...


For many years, he was a spokesperson for Colonial Penn.


Rawls was also a regular guest host on "Jazz Central", a program aired on the BET Jazz cable channel.


He appears as "the colon doctor" in a dream on My Wife and Kids, where he breaks into song. My Wife and Kids was an American sitcom that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 until May 17, 2005 and starred Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin. ...


Trivia

  • Rawls' famous expression was "Yeahhhh, buddy!"
  • There was no attempt to avoid the similarity between the title of the album When You've Heard Lou, You've Heard It All with his corporate sponsor's slogan "When You Say Budweiser, You've Said It All". A track on the album features Rawls singing the commercial slogan. Anheuser-Busch, the brewers of Budweiser, also suggested his telethon work to him.
  • Rawls' 1977 Grammy Awards performance of "You'll Never Find" was disrupted by a coughing fit.
  • He was referenced by rap group Naughty by Nature in their 1993 hit, "Hip Hop Hooray."
  • Rawls, at one time affiliated with the Church of Scientology, later dissociated himself from the group. At one point, his agent said, "Lou is no longer involved in Scientology, it's not an interest at this point and never will be again. He doesn't want to be associated with those people."
    Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable.

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  • Sang the lyrics to WGN-TV's 1983 "Chicago's Very Own" ad campaign, a slogan that the station still uses to this day.

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See also

United States Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania (right) is a long-term brain tumor survivor who continues to serve in public office. ...

Notes

Note 1: At the time of death, some sources gave Lou Rawls' year of birth as 1935. Dozens of Web site biographies echo this error.


References

  1. ^ a b Rawls succumbs to cancer, Chatham Daily News (ON). News, Saturday, January 7, 2006, p. 7. accessed on October 6, 2006.
  2. ^ Sesame Street Old School: Volume 1 DVD booklet.

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