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January 7, 2006

Jazz Singer Lou Rawls Dies

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced crooner, has died at age 72 after a battle with lung cancer. He died on Friday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre according to his spokesman Paul Schefrin.

Rawls started singing in a gospel choir at the age of 7, and went on to become one of America’s most beloved blues, jazz and R&B performers. His four octave range was heard on his signature hits You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Lady Love, and Love is a Hurtin’ Thing< 'I>. He won three Grammy awards and 13 nominations over a career that lasted more than 40 years during which he opened for The Beatles and appeared with the legendary Sam Cooke, a childhood friend.

He sold more than 40 million albums, acted in 18 movies, including “Blues Brothers 2000″ and “Leaving Las Vegas,” and appeared in 16 television series, starting with a small role in “77 Sunset Strip.”

Rawls received many honours during his lifetime, including having a street named after him in Chicago.

“I’ve gone the full spectrum, from gospel to blues to jazz to soul to pop. And the public has accepted what I’ve done, through it all,” Rawls once said on his Web site.

We sure did, Mr. Rawls, and we thank you for all the joy.

One comment for this post.

  1. Comment from CHARLOTTE ALEX on January 8th, 2006 :

    WE WILL NEVER FIND ANOTHER VOICE LIKE LOU’S. HE WE TRULY BE MISSED BY ALL AGE GROUPS.

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