Lou Rawls

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That Lou's not in is a TRAVESTY. Especially with all of the hits he had throughout the Sixties and Seventies : TOBACCO ROAD, LOVE IS A HURTIN' THING, NATURAL MAN, GROOVY PEOPLE, DEAD END STREET,YOUR GOOD THING (Is About To End), YOU'LL NEVER FIND (ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE) , LADY LOVE, THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING,and numerous others. Lou has had no less than 33 charting Pop and R&B hits between 1965 and 1987 . He was also a multi-media star,who was a singer,actor,voice actor, songwriter, philanthropist, and record producer.

From Wikipedia:

"Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls (December 1, 1933[1] January 6, 2006) was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He was known for his smooth vocal style: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game".[2] Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records,[3] appeared as an actor in motion pictures and on television, and voiced-over many cartoons. He was also known for his frequently used expression, "Yeah, buddy!" Rawls was also a three-time Grammy-winner, all for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance."

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 benefited 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.

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 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, where he performed two classics, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and a final ode to Frank Sinatra with, "It Was A Very Good Year."

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 retrospective 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."

Again, as in the case of ASHFORD & SIMPSON and BARRY WHITE, "HOW MANY THINGS DOES A PERSON HAVE TO DO OR ACCOMPLISH IN ORDER TO GET INDUCTED INTO THIS EXCLUSIVE LITTLE CLUB ??

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 07.6.13 @ 16:26pm


That Lou's not in is a TRAVESTY. Especially with all of the hits he had throughout the Sixties and Seventies : TOBACCO ROAD, LOVE IS A HURTIN' THING, NATURAL MAN, GROOVY PEOPLE, DEAD END STREET,YOUR GOOD THING (Is About To End), YOU'LL NEVER FIND (ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE) , LADY LOVE, THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING,and numerous others. Lou has had no less than 33 charting Pop and R&B hits between 1965 and 1987 . He was also a multi-media star,who was a singer,actor,voice actor, songwriter, philanthropist, and record producer.

From Wikipedia:

"Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls (December 1, 1933[1] January 6, 2006) was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He was known for his smooth vocal style: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game".[2] Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records,[3] appeared as an actor in motion pictures and on television, and voiced-over many cartoons. He was also known for his frequently used expression, "Yeah, buddy!" Rawls was also a three-time Grammy-winner, all for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance."

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 benefited 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.

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 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, where he performed two classics, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and a final ode to Frank Sinatra with, "It Was A Very Good Year."

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 retrospective 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."

Again, as in the case of ASHFORD & SIMPSON and BARRY WHITE, "HOW MANY THINGS DOES A PERSON HAVE TO DO OR ACCOMPLISH IN ORDER TO GET INDUCTED INTO THIS EXCLUSIVE LITTLE CLUB ??

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 07.6.13 @ 16:27pm


Man, you must be pissed that Percy got in with one hit.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 07.6.13 @ 16:31pm


"Man, you must be pissed that Percy got in with one hit."

It's no surprise to anyone here that Percy Sledge is the worst and least-deserving inductee in Rock Hall history. And, I'm not the only one here who thinks so.

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 07.6.13 @ 16:45pm


"Man, you must be pissed that Percy got in with one hit."

It's no surprise to anyone here that Percy Sledge is the worst and least-deserving inductee in Rock Hall history. And, I'm not the only one here who thinks so.

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 07.6.13 @ 16:45pm


Yeah, I'm with you on that one. He is totally and utterly undeserving.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 07.6.13 @ 17:38pm


I like Lou Rawls
I agree Bill G
This is his page?
He received Grammy and has a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The man sang with real feel... .

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 07.6.13 @ 23:22pm


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-03-27/lou-rawls-biopic-in-the-works/1632308

"I like Lou Rawls
I agree Bill G
This is his page?
He received Grammy and has a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The man sang with real feeling...

Posted by Happy


Yes, Happy. I agree with you 100 % . A man that is a 3-time Grammy Award winner, has sold over 40,000,000 records, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has helped raise over 200 million dollars for the United Negro College Fund ...and , in addition to all of THAT, actually has a MOVIE coming out on his LIFE STORY (see above link) ...but HE'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE RRHOF ?? Again, WHAT DOES A PERSON HAVE TO DO TO GET IN?

Lou Rawls' career was the epitome of dignity,artistry, and class....but HE doesn't get inducted...but FLAVOR FLAV DOES ??? WHY ???

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 02:44am


Woah woah, don't knock Flava Flav. You may not like PE (me neither) but you can't deny their huge impact on rap.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 09:23am


"Lou Rawls' career was the epitome of dignity,artistry, and class....but HE doesn't get inducted...but FLAVOR FLAV DOES ??? WHY ???"--Bill G.

Statements like this always crack me up. mrxyz was famous for this kind of drivel too. Seriously, have you SEEN the list of acts inducted??! Since when do dignity and class have ANYTHING to do with the Rock Hall? Leadbelly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, the Doors.... class and dignity are likely to keep you OUT of the Hall. Please, PLEASE stop using "class" and "dignity" as if they're relevant talking points. The evidence is so overwhelming to the contrary, it only makes you look ignorant to the nth degree.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 09:58am


The evidence is so overwhelming to the contrary, it only makes you look ignorant to the nth degree.

Posted by Philip


Do you mean how YOU looked ignorant for saying that there shouldn't be an R&B Music Hall of Fame ? Omissions like THIS are the just the VERY reason that we DO need one !! Forget the insults, Philip, and cut to the chase : DO YOU THINK THAT LOU RAWLS DESERVES INDUCTION....OR NOT ??

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 11:13am


1. I never said there shouldn't be an R&B Hall Of Fame. Don't put words in my mouth. I did note that for in many ways the Rock Hall has acted like one, but I never said there shouldn't be one, only that they've got bugs that need to be worked out.

2. I didn't insult you. I know you're not ignorant, but seriously using "class" and "dignity" as arguments make you look ignorant. There's a difference.

3. Yes, I think Lou Rawls should be inducted. An amazing soul singer. But I'm not going to go into a CAPSLOCK rage that evokes the image of Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk, pounding the chest and letting out a yawp of "THE HALL OF FAME'S A JOKE BECAUSE (not inducted act) ISN'T IN, BUT (inducted act) IS!! HULK SMASH!"

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 11:49am


1. "I never said there shouldn't be an R&B Hall Of Fame. Don't put words in my mouth. I did note that for in many ways the Rock Hall has acted like one, but I never said there shouldn't be one, only that they've got bugs that need to be worked out."

The question is NOT whether they have "acted" like one. The REAL question is ...are they "acting" like one... NOW.

The answer is...NO.

Any supposed "hall of fame" that has ignored such Hall of Fame-worthy artists like Lou Rawls, WAR, Barry White, Dionne Warwick, Ashford & Simpson, Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong, The Funk Brothers, The Spinners ,The Marvelettes etc., that should be "no brainers", in favor of undeserving artists that haven't done a TENTH of what these have done,(don't get me started on WHO) , certainly needs to re-evaluate their priorities. The fact is that Classic R&B and the artists who make it ,just like Progessive Rock,is simply not getting the attention in RECENT years that they have in the past.(and Prog has NEVER gotten it.) The past doesn't count...what matters is NOW.

2. I didn't insult you. I know you're not ignorant, but seriously using "class" and "dignity" as arguments make you look ignorant. There's a difference.

Please explain this supposed "difference". I'd really like to know what it is.

We have disagreed on numerous issues before...but , not once have I , either directly, or otherwise, called you names . I think that name-calling itself, is itself childish and ,as you put it, "ignorant" I think that your knowledge of classic R&B is somewhat limited...but that can change through research and knowledge . But, I can't change your preferences. I also can't change your background. You have stated to me before that you came up in a rural setting. Consequently ,unless you really liked it , or had taken steps to seek it out, R&B music wouldn't be a priority with you . But don't criticize or minimize someone else's musical preferences just because they don't happen to agree with yours. THAT , if anything, is being "ignorant". And , as long as others continue to display that same ignorance...a R&B Hall of Fame is definitely needed. There has long been a Country Music Hall of Fame .I don't see you criticizing THAT. So. don't criticize The R&B Hall of Fame.

That makes YOU look ignorant.


3) Yes, I think Lou Rawls should be inducted. An amazing soul singer. But I'm not going to go into a CAPSLOCK rage that evokes the image of Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk, pounding the chest and letting out a yawp of "THE HALL OF FAME'S A JOKE BECAUSE (not inducted act) ISN'T IN, BUT (inducted act) IS!! HULK SMASH!"

I (being a major Marvel fan), just so happen to like The Hulk. Maybe someone needs to turn him loose on the Nominating Committee. Maybe he can knock some sense into them. HULK SMASH !!!

One more thing....

"Class" and "Dignity" are not bad words ...Today's music artists , if you ask me, could use a little more of it.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 16:10pm


Lou Rawls will be inducted!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 22:25pm


1. The problem with that statement is that it 1) assumes that I said there shouldn't be an R&B Hall Of Fame, which I NEVER said, and 2) thinks classic R&B is unique in this regard. They just inducted Donna Summer, Public Enemy, and Albert King... three pretty important figures in Rhythm And Blues music. But you DID say "like progressive rock" which only further undermines your argument, because ask any fan of any genre, be it doo-wop, hip-hop, metal, Euro-progressive, etc. they all feel they're underrepresented. If anything, it only furthers my simple belief that they really should be inducting quite a few more artists each year than they have been. That's my chief beef.

2. The difference is simple: a knowledgeable person is still capable of making an ignorant statement. You're not ignorant, but that statement kind of was. And ignorant, imo, differs greatly from stupidity, which I've never attributed to you.

3. We all think that from time to time ;) Again, I say induct more acts per year.

I'm not saying "class" and "dignity" are not bad words, just that the Hall Of Fame has a pretty clear track record on not giving two flying fudge brownies about "class" and "dignity" as requirements for induction. As Mick Jagger said when the Stones got inducted: "They asked us to be on our best behavior tonight to honor us for 25 years of bad behavior." That pretty much sums up why no one should ever state, let alone lead (which you didn't) their argument for an artist's induction with their being "classy and dignified." Would you really keep the Stones or the Mamas And The Papas (who were known for using drugs openly in the recording studio, not to mention the sex father/daughter sex abuse in the Phillips family) out of the Hall Of Fame because they weren't as classy and dignified? The Hall would look pretty piss-poor weak then.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 22:26pm


Now Now lets not word bash Bill G or any other posters. It show a lack of class and is not to dignified.. Thinking of that Leonard Cohen is all class So is maybe that was one of the reasons he got in.. Besides he is a fantastic writer....Same with Little Richard ...among many other Also Bashing the Momma and Papas is trashy... Beatles were classy in my book .. ....... Let's HOPE LR gets IN.!
Wouldn't that be classy?

Posted by Happy on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 01:16am


Donna Summer- Disco

Public Enemy- Rap/Hip-Hop

Albert king - Blues

NONE of these artists are "Classic R&B". Care to try again ?

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 02:39am


Donna Summer- Disco

Public Enemy- Rap/Hip-Hop

Albert king - Blues

NONE of these artists are "Classic R&B". Care to try again ?

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 02:40am


"I'm not saying "class" and "dignity" are not bad words, just that the Hall Of Fame has a pretty clear track record on not giving two flying fudge brownies about "class" and "dignity" as requirements for induction."

Well, maybe they SHOULD . Maybe we'd stop getting the low-class, undignified inductees they've been throwing at us these last few years.
Now....Hulk-Smash on THAT !!

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 02:45am


"Now Now lets not word bash Bill G or any other posters. It show a lack of class and is not to dignified.. "

Posted by Happy

Thanks, Happy !!

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 02:51am


"low-class, undignified inductees"

u avin a giggle m8?

Posted by GFW on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 08:05am


"low-class, undignified inductees"

"u avin a giggle m8?"


...Yes, I was, GFW.

Cool, huh ?

(By the way, I wasn't slamming Flavor Flav as much as I was mad because Lou Rawls wasn't in. Everybody here knows he deserves it.. Sorry if I offended you.)

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 12:56pm


http://news.yahoo.com/rock-roll-hall-fame-becoming-racist-170700082.html


"Lou Rawls will be inducted!"

Posted by Roy

I wish that I could be as certain as you are on that, Roy. But , the fact is that many classic R&B artists, while being nominated with regularity, have failed to garner inductions in recent years, including some really big names I previously mentioned : WAR, Chaka Khan & Rufus, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Donna Summer ( who was finally inducted posthumously after being rejected 4 times...why couldn't honor her while she was still ALIVE ?) Not to mention the numerous deserving artists that have NEVER even received a nomination, like Dionne Warwick, Ashford & Simpson, The Funk Brothers, Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, Barry White, Brook Benton, etc.

So, when you say that Lou Rawls will finally be inducted, I'm sad to say that I don't share your optimism. Artists of the "Soul Train" era (late '60's early '70's) have been particularly ignored. It's as if the Hallowed Hall completely BYPASSED that entire era of music (with a couple of exceptions, i.e. The O'Jays and Earth Wind and Fire ...and went straight to inducting '80's Rappers. As a result Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, The Delfonics, The Manhattans, The Delfonics, The Dramatics, The Spinners (nominated once, then rejected...with no further nominations)and others have failed to receive recognition at all. Please read the above link, and you'll see that this has become a matter of great concern .

Whatever The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame USED TO DO is irrelevant. They USED to induct classic R&B artists...today, not so much. And that is why several key people in that organization have now left it to help establish the new R&B Music Hall of Fame. Philip even reported this in his own blog just a couple of months ago.

The problem will never be solved...unless those in authority begin to admit that there IS a problem.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 13:57pm


"(By the way, I wasn't slamming Flavor Flav as much as I was mad because Lou Rawls wasn't in. Everybody here knows he deserves it.. Sorry if I offended you.)"

Nahh, I don't even particularly like PE.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 16:29pm


Soul Train era R&B, meet Progressive Rock and most of the 1980's.

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 17:17pm


"Donna Summer- Disco

Public Enemy- Rap/Hip-Hop

Albert king - Blues

NONE of these artists are "Classic R&B". Care to try again ?"

I didn't say "Classic R&B", I said "Rhythm And Blues"... Disco and hip-hop ARE part of rhythm and blues music, and blues... it's in the name itself. And these are all parts of it that the R&B Hall Of Fame can reasonably expected to address and induct in the years to come, as well. The HoF isn't ignoring R&B, and depending on how you define classic R&B, I'd think you'd be pretty happy about them finally inducting the Famous Flames, the Miracles, and the Midnighters, not to mention Bobby Womack and Little Anthony And The Imperials. And even if they missed out this past year or two, the NomCom HAS been nominating names like the Spinners, the Marvelettes, and War, and that actually is pretty huge when you look at the the R&B-less lists of snubs people like to compile that feature mostly arena, metal, or underground rock from the 70s.

And they have inducted Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sam And Dave. They've gotten a huge chunk of the major names of classic R&B. Just because they haven't inducted ALL of them doesn't mean they're ignoring it outright either.

Dezomnd pretty much summed it up.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 18:12pm


"Soul Train era R&B, meet Progressive Rock and most of the 1980's."

Posted by Dezmond

Yes, Dez...I did acknowledge Progressive Rock in my previous comments.

Philip : This conversation is over. You and I are not going to agree, so let's just leave it at that.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 19:28pm


That's fine, but I still enjoy discussing these things with you. Despite how you've construed my recent posts, I actually still enjoy our discussions. In truth, I think the biggest impediment to classic R&B, particularly that of the '70s (Chi-Lites, Manhattans, Delfonics, etc.) is that they were best known for the smooth romantic stuff, and not for upbeat, more "rockin'" records. The O'Jays had a healthy mix of the two, I think. But then they go and induct Percy Sledge, so... who knows?

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.15.13 @ 17:55pm


A person's body of work should always be considered. When a person's career spans 40 years of recording and performances on an international level, scores of successful LP's and singles in multiple genres (Jazz, Blues, Soul and Pop) at a high level, how could they be left out? Unfortunately, Lou is not always recognized for his Blues and Jazz work. Look for this and discover some awesome work.

I can honestly say, I've never heard a Lou Rawls song I did not enjoy. His voice is unmistakably Lou! There are no others like it. He is the ultimate purveyor of song.

There is more to the hall than meets the eye. Perhaps it's about maintaining a broad audience over a wide number of years. After all, you could run out of performers, if you cover larger numbers each year. Then you would only be inducting people who minimally hit the required years to qualify. Every year, you see a broad mix of more contemporary artists, older artists and pioneers. You see more diverse musical styles each year, Blues, Soul, Rap, Folk, Prog Rock, Roots Rock, Country Rock, Punk and so on. I think the anticipation of people's favorites getting in has become a big part of the draw. After all, this whole web site is based on R & R Hall snubs. I believe everyone will get their due. I just hope more of these snubbed artists live to see their inductions.

Posted by beanzalo on Wednesday, 05.17.17 @ 08:05am


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