Saturday, January 07, 2006

Cooke and Rawls Now Appearing Live!

Mention the name Lou Rawls to Soul aficianados and you'll likely get the pat response that he doesn't rank with the top tier: Cooke, Redding, Gaye. I've heard critics use the term "Supper Club Soul" to describe Rawl's smooth delivery. To my ears his 60's stuff doesn't hold up as well as his Philly Soul years do. But Rawls' best moments on record were backing up Sam Cooke on "Having A Party" and especially "Bring It On Home To Me". The latter earns Rawls' place in the Soul canon, even if his own solo work brings him up a little short to the Soul giants that were his peers.
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