Louis Allen Rawls, 1 December 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 6 January 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA. Briefly a member of the acclaimed gospel group the Pilgrim Travelers, this distinctive singer began forging a secular career following his move to California in 1958. An association with Sam Cooke culminated in Bring It On Home To Me, where Rawls throaty counterpoint punctuated his colleagues sweet lead vocal. Rawls own recordings showed him comfortable with either small jazz combos or cultured soul, while an earthier perspective was shown on his mid-60s release, Live! He achieved two Top 20 singles with Love Is A Hurtin Thing (1966) and Dead End Street (1967), and enjoyed further success with a 1969 reading of Mable Johns Your Good Thing (Is About To End). Several attempts were made to mould Rawls into an all-round entertainer, but while his early 70s work was generally less...
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