Saturday, January 07, 2006
We're gonna miss his love: Remembering Lou Rawls
The velvet voice of smooth elegance. That feeling that nothing could ruffle him. Memories of singing along with my mother. I was always shocked by the sound that Lou Rawls could make, both yearning and intensely emotional but cool, elegance and smooth simultaneously. It was his great artistry to pull this sound off and not sound sleazy...slick but not sleazy. I think his style of singing is based in gospel, but I also hear Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine there as well. We're lucky to have his recordings.