Friday, January 06, 2006

You'll never find another singer like Lou

It's a hurtin' thing...

Three-time Grammy winner Lou Rawls has died.

The man could flat-out sing, with a rich, resonant, glass-smooth tone that few vocalists could match. Even though most people today probably think of him as the longtime voice of Budweiser and pitchman for Colonial Penn Insurance, among other commercial interests, Rawls was one of the premier soul singers of this or any era. His appeal spanned genres, generations, and ethnicities.

I wish I had a fourth of the pipe he had.

Rawls was also legendary in the African American community for his tireless fundraising for the United Negro College Fund. Ironically, his last UNCF telethon was scheduled to be broadcast this weekend.

Lou Rawls was one for the ages. His loss will be deeply felt.

2 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Lynda offered these pearls of wisdom...

I was surprised when I heard he had died. You're so right - his voice was very rich.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous The Survival Gourmet offered these pearls of wisdom...

He was a classic. I'm glad I got to see him perform live. Frank Sinatra siad he was one of the greatest singers he knew.

High praise.

8:55 PM  

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