Wed. Jul. 17, 2019

Lou Rawls – See You When I Git There

Lost but not least! Lou Rawls – See You When I Git There (Philadelphia International Records)

The first thing comin’ to mind when thinkin’ of Lou Rawls is his (baritone) voice. Just like when comin’ to hear luminaries such as Barry White or Bill Withers for example. Differently said, you know and you can feel like in another division. ‘See you when I git there’ could pretty well be turned into ‘hear you when I git there’ to sum up the feeling. And I guess the more you’ll get, the more you’ll want to know about the singer’s repertoire.

The opening cut to his 1977 ‘Unmistakably Lou’ album, ‘See You When I Git There’ comes as a nice follow up. This on the heels of his seminal ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’. Although in a groovier way as a matter of fact. The whole along with majestic arrangements courtesy of the one often referred to as The Granddaddy of R&B. In other words, Robert L Martin, better known as Bobby Martin

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Overview
Born in Chicago, IL on Dec. 01, 1933, Lou Rawls started singing in the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church choir at the early age of 7. He would then come to join local groups through he eventually met Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield.

He released his debut-album – ‘Stormy Monday (a.k.a. I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water)’ – along with Soul/Jazz pianist (and singer) Les McCann back in 1962. He would have to wait until the mid-70’s to get into higher recognition though when signing on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff‘s Philadelphia International Records label. This with the release of his aptly titled ‘All Things In Time’ album. An effort which includes the memorable ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’, his biggest success ever.

Strangely enough this album and the period he spent on the label almost overshadowed the rest of his repertoire which consist in some 60 albums. This didn’t get him though from selling an approximative amount of 40 millions albums. But the fact is trying to remember his best moments bring us back to this specific period between 1976 and 1981. From ‘You’ll Never Find…’ as already memtioned to ‘One In A Million You’ and/or ‘Let Me Be Good To You’. Not to mention ‘See You When I Git There’…

In December 2005, came the announce that Lou was undergoing treatment for cancer in both his lungs and brain. A disease from which he sadly died on Jan. 06, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, aged 72…

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