Lou Pride Biography

George Lou Pride, 24 May 1950, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Pride first sang in church, where the pastor, Reverend E.J. Cole, was the father of Nat ‘King’ Cole. He developed a rich vocal sound well suited to gospel and soul and which would provide added texture when he also sang the blues. He sang with a vocal group, the Karls, and in a duo, JLC, with a woman he later married. While living in El Paso, Texas, Pride made some singles for Seumi Records, then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he made more records, including his first album, and slowly built a localized following singing in clubs. After returning to Chicago, he found a new audience for his vocal style that brought together many of the elemental sounds of contemporary black music and soon developed into one of the more interesting latter-day soul singers.

By the early 00s, Pride had built an eager following for his powerful and frequently moving work not only in Chicago but also farther afield. In 2004, he toured the UK with Mo’Indigo. Two years later, he teamed up with Darrell Nulisch to headline the Severn Records Soul & Blues Revue in Chicago.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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