Lou Rawls, who died early this morning, was an eclectic of the old school with one of the most distinctive voices in all of pop. The last time Rawls came though Minneapolis, Britt Robson wrote this short and sweet A-list:
With the passing of Ray Charles, Lou Rawls is the reigning standard-bearer for the soulful, supper-club sophistication of Nat King Cole-styled R&B. Lacking the genius (and the demons) of Charles, he has built a pretty fair career pitching his rich, honeyed drawl into smooth Philly soul, classic balladry, and highfalutin blues. Hearing him sing is a reliable elixir for hypertension.