Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing -1966 Verve
DEAD END STREET – 1967
Hurts Doesn’t It
Tobacco Road (1963)
Season Of The Witch (1969)
Lou Rawls did back up vocals for Sam Cooke on ‘ Bring It On Home To Me’ – he was Sam’s best pal.
“Dead End Street” was extremely popular at the Twisted Wheel in Brazennose Street Manchester in 1965 and onwards. Roger the Wheel DJ used to cut out the intro in which Lou talked about his home town, and the Mighty Hawk – the cold wind that blows through the streets coming down from the North across Lake Michigan – Roger cut straight to the music. Lou went on to become a very polished cabaret style performer and a Los Vegas stalwart.
“Love Is A Hurting Thing” gets a mention in Arthur Conleys “Sweet Soul Music” a record in praise of soul songs and artists. His voice is quite unique and distinctive strong and instantly recognizable.
A Baptist church choir member when only seven, so originating in Gospel music. He went to the Regal Theatre (New Regal Theatre) to see acts like Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine, Arthur Prysock and lots of the emerging 1950’s Doo Wop groups.
In the early 50’s he joined The Chosen Gospel Singers in Los Angeles, then moved on the The Pilgrim Travelers where his career was interrupted by three years in the Army Airborne service. On his return he toured with Sam Cooke and the The Pilgrim Travelers and was almost killed in a car accident.
His style of talking in the song may have come from Sam Cooke’s coaching when he explained that songs have to reach the audience like a one to one story.
The Ghetto – a great track from Lou in the Disco era.
Born 1st December 1935 – Chicago
Died 6th January 2006 – Los Angeles